"I don't think people should be staying in locker rooms".
President Donald Trump praised an National Football League policy banning kneeling during the "The Star-Spangled Banner", saying that "maybe you shouldn't be in the country" if you don't stand for the anthem. "Maybe you shouldn't be in the country".
President Donald Trump has commented on the NFL's new rule against United States national-anthem protests, giving it his broad support and suggesting that players seeking to protest during the anthem should perhaps leave the US.
President Donald Trump speaks to the media before boarding the Marine One helicopter on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, May 23, 2018.
In a Thursday morning Fox & Friends interview, Donald Trump expressed his support of the NFL's ban on kneeling during the national anthem.
"I think that's good", said Trump when asked about his feelings on the new policy. This comes as no surprise, considering that Trump weighed in on the issue repeatedly past year in speeches and in social media, at one point even calling the protesting players "sons of bitches".More news: US Surgeon General to Visit Medical Center Thursday
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It wouldn't be wise to neglect anything that POTUS says, so the league and team owners made a decision to react as they are quite scared of what Mr. Trump could do.
Elsewhere, Trump suggested that players who protest the anthem shouldn't be in America. Teams will be required to stand for the national anthem, though players have the option to stay in the locker room.
"And I will tell you one thing I know about NASCAR: They do indeed, Brian, stand for the playing of the national anthem, right?" Trump said in the Fox interview that he thought "the people" pushed for the new policy.
All teams and league personnel on the field shall stand and show respect for the flag and anthem. I worry that kneeling N.F.L. players distract from their important political message - calling out police violence against African-Americans - and needlessly alienate otherwise persuadable people.
"The NFL chose to not consult the union in the development of this 'policy, ' the statement said". By instituting a policy yesterday to punish players who exercise their right of free expression by kneeling, the league is rejecting a basic American value. "I brought it out".