President Trump sang the National Anthem Monday night before the college football championship game - but mouthed only a few of the song's lyrics, sparking critics on Twitter to accuse him of not knowing the words.
The President had previously condemned the action of some athletes who chose to kneel during the national anthem before NFL games. The POTUS could be seen standing on the field, singing the anthem with his hand over his heart. "And we want our national anthem respected also".
"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***h off the field right now, out".
He took to the field and lined up alongside USA army soldiers and prepared to sing the Star-Spangled Banner before the game kicked off. I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star.to President of the United States (on my first try). He has publicly blasted several players previous year for not respecting the anthem or the flag.
Pence, in a statement, said at the time:"I left today's Colts game because President Trump and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem". Those in military uniform should salute. However, singing the Star-Spangled Banner is encouraged from school onwards - in some schools it is compulsory.
Aravosis said: "This is priceless, as only 3 hours after he tweeted this Trump tried to sing the National Anthem and forgot the words".
On the way to the game on Monday, Trump signed a law creating a new national historic park for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
The White House has vehemently denied these claims, and the president took to Twitter to personally defend his mental health in a string of now infamous tweets. In October 2017, he had also asked Vice President Mike Pence to leave an Indianapolis Colts game early after the players knelt during the National Anthem.