President Trump gave an interview to Fox News’ Fox and Friends this week, and gave a candid reaction about the National Football League’s (NFL) reversal on the kneeling controversy, which President Trump has spoken out on for almost a year.
Fox News reports:
“President Trump said on “Fox & Friends” Thursday he agrees with the NFL’s new rule which prohibits players from kneeling on the field during the national anthem. “I don’t think people should be staying in the locker rooms, but still I think it’s good. You have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there. Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country,” Trump said.
The league will allow players to stay in the locker room during the anthem and teams will be fined if their players kneel on the field.
Brian Kilmeade asked Trump whether he feels responsible for pushing the league toward the resolution.Trump said he doesn’t feel personally responsible, adding that the American people pushed the league to make the new rule. “This country is very smart, we have very smart people,” he said. “
The president took issue with the widespread disrespect of the American flag and the national anthem last year when San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick started the kneeling trend among NFL players. Other reports indicate that owners fought for the new policy behind the scenes because of the president’s disapproval, and his supporters’ anger toward the league.
WATCH: President Trump: “Keep America Great” In Indiana