Inslee Floats Megan Rapinoe as Potential Secretary of State

'I actually believe this'

July 13, 2019

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D.) said Saturday his first act as president will be asking World Cup champion and Donald Trump antagonist Megan Rapinoe to be the Secretary of State.

Inslee was speaking at the liberal Netroots Nation conference in Philadelphia when he touted Rapinoe as someone who could unite the United States and other countries around the world.

"President Trump has done a lot of damage to our international reputation through his approach to foreign policy. A Daily Kos user, Mr. Rochester, would like to hear more from you about what you might do differently in your approach to restoring America's reputation," one of the moderators said.

"He has created an image of the United States as a go-it-alone, divisive country rather than one that works with the rest of the world. He has bred a sense of chaos in every single thing he has touched internationally," Inslee said. "He has centered his entire international relations on fear rather than confidence and on hope."

He went on to say one of the first things he would do as president would be choosing a secretary of state who would "ask us to embrace more unity across the world."

"My first act would be to ask Megan Rapinoe to be my secretary of state. I haven't asked her yet, so this could be a surprise to her," Inslee said.

One of the moderators told Inslee his response was "well played," prompting Inslee to say he  was being serious about his decision.

"I actually believe this because I think what she has said that has so inspired us so much is such an antithesis of the president's foreign policies," Inslee said. "Generally speaking, we know several things. We are stronger when we are in an alliance than we go it alone. America has led the world and joined others in successful alliances."

He then claimed that Trump would have "ticked off England, Australia, and Canada" during World War II, saying this was the "nature of his tradition."

Rapinoe has been an outspoken critic of Trump and said repeatedly that she will not attend any White House event celebrating the U.S. soccer team's World Cup victory. Earlier this week, she told CNN's Anderson Cooper she doesn't believe anyone on the team is interested in attending a White House event.

When asked what she would tell the president, she said, "I think that I would say that your message is excluding people. You’re excluding me. You’re excluding people that look like me. You’re excluding people of color. You’re excluding, you know, Americans that maybe support you."