Still riding high after U.S. women’s national team’s World Cup victory, Megan Rapinoe hasn’t backed down from her ongoing battle with United States President Donald Trump. The veteran attacker exchanged a war of words with Trump during the World Cup in France after footage emerged of her prior to the tournament declaring she’d never go to the White House. Unsurprisingly, Trump took issue with Rapinoe’s remarks and took to Twitter at the time saying the USWNT should worry about winning the World Cup before contemplating any Presidential invite. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Win they did, with Rapinoe leading the way as she picked up the golden boot and golden ball with six goals to her name as USWNT won their fourth World Cup after defeating Netherlands 2-0 in the final. Leaving the President somewhat red-faced, Rapinoe is adamant the team’s gender meant Trump struggled to deal with their success. “We are everything he loves with the exception that we’re powerful, strong women,” Rapinoe told The Guardian.”And he was having a really hard time – you could see in these sets of tweets: you hate us, you love us, you want us to come [to the White House] – and you are threatening us, all at the same time.”People were like: ‘That was so intense!’ And I’m like: ‘Honestly, he’s a f***ing joke, so it wasn’t intense, because this is ridiculous.’”I wouldn’t say that we’re anti-authority, but when there’s a person who is abusing their power or manipulating people, whether it’s a teacher when I was younger or Donald Trump now, there’s nothing that fires me up and grinds my gears more.” While more than happy to stand up to the US President, Rapinoe has shied away from a possible political career once she hangs up the boots. “I don’t know quite yet. We’re getting a lot bigger of course. I don’t know if politics is where I want to be,” Rapinoe said in July.”I’ll always be very involved with politics in some way, but I think I might be too wild for politics at this point.”Rapinoe, who plays club football for Reign FC, has made 158 appearances for the USWNT since making her debut in 2006.
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Philip CullenCredit:PA Mark Greaves, a volunteer for the charity, said there was a secondary market for Large Blue butterflies mocked up to look like “old Victorian species”.These can fetch between £200 and £300 each.Geoffrey Martin, of the Natural History Museum, said there were up to 30 trays of butterflies and moths at Cullen’s home.Cullen, who previously admitted possessing other protected species of butterfly, will be sentenced on April 7. The 57-year-old scrambled over locked gates and used a child’s net to capture the globally endangered butterflies at two protected sites.He was seen chasing and swiping his net at a Large Blue (Maculinea arion) before leaving the Daneway Banks in Gloucestershire with a plastic bag of glass jars.The following day, volunteers at the Collard Hill site in Somerset challenged Cullen after seeing him with the small net.Police later raided his home in Cadbury Heath, Bristol, and found a large number of dead and mounted butterflies – including Large Blues.Cullen had labelled two of the butterflies – which he claimed were from France – “DB” and “CH”, the initials of the two sites where he had been seen.Magistrates convicted Cullen of six charges against him, relating to him killing, capturing and possessing the Large Blue butterflies. A butterfly enthusiast caught, killed and planned to sell endangered British species at a National Trust garden, a court heard.Philip Cullen, the first person to be prosecuted under ‘obscure’ wildlife conservation laws, has been convicted of capturing and killing specimens of the Large Blue – Britain’s rarest butterfly. The butterflies, which were reintroduced to the UK after becoming extinct in the 1970s, are protected under the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010.Large Blues became extinct in about 1979 and were reintroduced, including to Collard Hill and Daneway Banks, in the 1980s.Bristol Magistrates’ Court heard that it would be “very easy” to catch one of the butterflies in Cullen’s small net, due to their slow flight pattern. Philip CullenCredit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.