‘I refuse to just sit back’: US soccer star Ali Krieger stands by teammate after Trump attack

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Following the president’s personal tweet directed at the star player on the U.S. national soccer team, others have voiced concern with the administration and echoed Megan Rapnioe’s vow to refuse a White House visit if they win the Women’s World Cup.

“I feel that staying silent at time can side with the oppressor and I didn’t want her to feel like she was having to process this all alone, because a lot of us do have those similar feelings,” revealed Ali Krieger in a recent interview.

She went on to say that she will not “respect a man that warrants no respect.”

Krieger previously tweeted that she will “stand by [Pinoe] & will sit this one out as well” after the teammate’s comments about a possible White House visit.

“I refuse to just sit back and watch an abuser, a bully talk like that to my friend and I support her as a friend and I wanted to make sure that I said something that meant something to me and was important to me and that’s why I did what I did,” Krieger said.