President Trump on Monday said he does not think it's appropriate for Megan Rapinoe, a co-captain of the U.S. women's soccer team, to protest during the national anthem.
"No. I don’t think so," Trump said in an exclusive interview with The Hill when asked about Rapinoe's actions.
Rapinoe has previously knelt during “The Star-Spangled Banner." During this year's Women's World Cup, she has abstained from singing along during pregame ceremonies. Rapinoe, who is gay, has referred to herself as a "walking protest."
Trump, who has suggested NFL players who protest during the anthem shouldn't be in the country, disagreed with Rapinoe's actions but offered praise for the women's national team
Rapinoe has been pounded hard by critics before for her continued refusal to respect the national anthem during US World Cup games. And with good reason, it's one thing to disagree with the President and his policies, it's another to disrespect your country on the world stage.