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Megan Rapinoe's Message to Trump: 'You Need to Do Better'


Anderson Cooper asked the out soccer star to offer her message to the president on national television.

Women's soccer champion Megan Rapinoe doesn't need to visit the White House to deliver a message to the president. During an appearance on CNN Tuesday night, host Anderson Cooper asked if she has any words to say to Donald Trump.

The out midfielder took her shot.

"Your message is excluding people," Rapinoe said directly to the camera. "You're excluding me, you're excluding people that look like me, you're excluding people of color, you're excluding Americans that maybe support you."

She specifically attacked Trump's widely known campaign catchphrase as one that divides people.

"We need to have a reckoning with the message that you have and what you are saying about 'Make America Great Again,'" Rapinoe said.

"I think that you're harking back to an era that was not great for everyone. It might have been great for a few people, and maybe America is great for a few people right now, but it's not great for enough Americans in this world."

The message comes on the heels of the United States winning a record fourth World Cup tournament.

But as the American team powered forward to victory, there has also been wide coverage of a war of words between Rapinoe, a co-captain of the team, and Trump.

A new poll suggests Rapinoe also has come out ahead in that scrum as well. A new Public Policy Polling survey found Rapinoe beating the president in a hypothetical head-to-head match.

Rapinoe visited the White House the last time she won a World Cup, but President Barack Obama occupied the Oval Office at the time. This year, she has made clear she does not wish to do the same now.

She made news when saying earlier in the tournament she had no plans see the president.

"I'm not going to the fucking White House. No. Not going to the White House. We're not going to be invited. I doubt it," she said.

Trump responded by issuing an invite before the team won, but took a swipe at the captain as she prepared to represent America on the world stage.

"We haven't yet invited Megan or the team, but I am now inviting the TEAM, win or lose," he tweeted. "Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team. Be proud of the Flag that you wear. The USA is doing GREAT!"

The battle has only raised Rapinoe's media standing, which culminated in her interview with Cooper, who is also out.

She closed her message to the president, broadcast from Cooper's show, by saying Trump held the responsibility of better serving the U.S. public.

"You have an incredible responsibility as the chief of this country to take care of every single person," she said, "and you need to do better for everyone."

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