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.
Donald Trump has said athletes who don't stand for the United States national anthem should get out of the country.
President Donald Trump praised the NFL's decision to fine teams whose players kneel in protest during the national anthem before games, saying that those who do "maybe... shouldn't be in the country". You have to stand proudly for the national anthem.More news: Jaguars owner reacts to NFL's new national anthem policy
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It wouldn't be wise to neglect anything that POTUS says, so the league and team owners chose to react as they are quite scared of what Mr. Trump could do. Luther Strange "Wouldn't you love to see one of these National Football League owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a b-- off the field right now, he's fired.' You know, some owner's going to do that".
If players kneel for the anthem, the team will be fined by the league.
Members of the New England Patriots kneel on the sidelines as the National Anthem is played before the game against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium on September 24, 2017. "I think the people pushed it forward", Trump said. Trump said on Monday.
"The policy adopted today was approved in concert with the NFL's ongoing commitment to local communities and our country - one that is extraordinary in its scope, resources, and alignment with our players. But still, I think it's good", Trump beamed in the interview, taped previous afternoon while Trump attended an anti-immigration event in NY. Roger Goodell, the N.F.L. commissioner, and the league's owners are evidently so insecure about their own patriotism that they have felt the need to bully their employees into a ritual sign of respect.
This move was heavily criticized by President Trump, and the league saw a significant drop in numbers as it was perceived as a disrespect to the flag and anthem. "I brought it out".