At the press conference, Rippon said that he stood by what he's said previously, but regrets having it overshadow his time at the Games.
"I have no problem about what I've said because I stand by it, but I think right now the Olympics are about Olympic competition," he said. "It's brought a lot of attention to my other teammates and I don't want it to distract from them. I don't want my Olympic experience being about Mike Pence."
He added, "I can't tone it down. I'm being me and being myself... I've got so many messages from kids all over the country. I'm getting so emotional thinking about it. I think that's why it's so important."
Rippon's latest remarks evidently irked Donald Trump, Jr., because the president's eldest son launched an unprovoked attack on the athlete on Twitter on Tuesday night.