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Donald Trump Suggests Deporting Kneeling NFL Players After New Policy Revealed

Donald Trump Suggests Deporting Kneeling NFL Players After New Policy Revealed

After the NFL rule change, Trump took no credit for the league's rebuke of the player protests, saying, "this was not me".

Athletes who choose not to stand for the national anthem under the new policy will be allowed to stay in the locker room until the performance of the anthem is over, according to Goodell's statement.

"You have to stand proudly for the national anthem", Trump said Thursday morning on Fox & Friends, one of the president's favorite outlets for speaking his mind.

You have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there.

All teams and league personnel on the field shall stand and show respect for the flag and anthem. "I think that's good", Trump said in the interview that taped Wednesday.

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"Unless it includes a wall. a real wall. and unless it includes very strong border security, there will be no approvals from me", Trump said. "We have very smart people". "Thank you NFL. #ProudToStand", wrote Vice President Mike Pence after news of the new policy made the rounds.

"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 bitch off the field right now, out, he's fired".

The NFL ruled that players must "stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem" if they're on the field when the anthem is player. Personnel who choose not to stand for the anthem may stay in the locker room until after the anthem has been performed.

The protests were started to call attention to police shootings against African Americans and other issues of racial inequities, but they have morphed into wider struggles in America's culture wars. This comes as no surprise, considering that Trump weighed in on the issue repeatedly previous year in speeches and in social media, at one point even calling the protesting players "sons of bitches". Numerous players around the league followed suit with varying responses from team owners and coaches. There are some big, complicated issues that we're all struggling with, and our players are on the front lines.

The decision was applauded by the Trump administration. These owners don't love American more than the players demonstrating and taking real action to improve it.