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September 5, 2018
Trump Weighs in on Nike-Kaepernick Controversy
President Trump has weighed in on Nike’s controversial move to have Colin Kaepernick as their new poster boy. The Daily Caller reports:
President Donald Trump said Tuesday that Nike sent a “terrible message” this week by making former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick one of the faces representing the 30th anniversary of the company’s “Just Do It” campaign. But he also said the company’s ability to make its own business decisions “is what this country is all about.”
“I think it’s a terrible message. Nike is a tenant of mine. They pay a lot of rent,” Trump said, referring to Niketown New York, which is — for now — located at 6 East 57th Street in New York City.
The president made the remarks during an exclusive Oval Office interview with The Daily Caller Tuesday afternoon.
Kaepernick kicked off a protest movement among some NFL players during the 2016 pre-season when he began kneeling at games during the national anthem, rather than standing.
While Trump has voiced his displeasure with the move, he also respects what companies choose to do to increase sales – though it remains to be seen if this will pay off for Nike.