"I don't think people should be staying in locker rooms".
NFL players unwilling to stand for the national anthem should be barred from playing and maybe "shouldn't be in the country", President Trump said in a television interview that aired Thursday. Without full funding, Trump said, he will not sign off on any legislation aimed at preserving the Obama-era DACA program, which provided temporary legal status to thousands of people brought to the country illegally as minors.
'You have to stand proudly for the national anthem, and the NFL owners have done the right thing'.
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.
Two prominent Seahawks on Wednesday joined the rising chorus of NFL players who expressed dismay over the league's new policy regarding the national anthem during separate local radio interviews.
"I think that's good", said Trump when asked about his feelings on the new policy.
The code states that any "covered government official" may face fines and up to 15 years in prison for acting to "influence, exclusively on the basis of partisan political affiliation, an employment decision or employment practice of any private entity".
Under the new league policy, teams can be fined an unspecified sum if players protest on the field.
Even if you disagree with the kneeling players' stance, or method of protest, it's possible to defend their right to do so.
"I've done a great service", Trump said of that move. I may be privy to some different information because I've been in conversations with Roger Goodell and Troy Vincent and the leadership of the National Football League in regards to the Players Coalition and what we're trying to get out of that. By instituting a policy yesterday to punish players who exercise their right of free expression by kneeling, the league is rejecting a basic American value.
Donald Trump has said athletes who don't stand for the USA national anthem should get out of the country.
"I'm just proud of how our team handled it last year and in the past and I believe we'll all stay on the field this year", said quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.