“I think that’s good,” Trump said in the interview that taped Wednesday. “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.”
"You have to stand proudly for the National Anthem. You shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there. Maybe they shouldn't be in the country…the NFL owners did the right thing" -President @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/bt36t4EX5u
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) May 24, 2018
This came a day after the Vice President of the United States reacted to news of the NFL’s new policy thusly:
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) May 23, 2018
The president, of , said last year that NFL teams “fire” any “son of a b—-” who does not stand during the national anthem. His comments set off a league-wide round of protesting and eventually became a clear motivating factor in the owners’ desire to institute a policy that forces players on the field to stand during the anthem.