National Football League kneelers 'maybe shouldn't be in country'

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick middle kneels during the national anthem before the team's NFL preseason football game against the San Diego Chargers in San Diego. NFL owners have app

Though Trump did not like that people had the option of staying in the locker room, he was generally in favor of the new policy.

Last season, the NFL ran into loads of controversy as more and more players chose to kneel for the national anthem. 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.

In a Thursday morning Fox & Friends interview, Donald Trump expressed his support of the NFL's ban on kneeling during the national anthem.

"I think that's good", Mr Trump told Fox, in what White House correspondents count as his 23rd interview with the conservative cable network since he became president.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said afterward that the objective is to "have people to be respectful of the national anthem".

Trump said the owners are "doing the right thing" on the issue, which he turned into a cause celebre previous year with provocative comments at a rally and a barrage of tweets.

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Trump's comments, taped Wednesday, came shortly hours after the NFL announced a policy that no longer requires players to be on the field during the playing of the anthem, but allows teams and the league to impose discipline for those who protest publicly during the song.

"[Y] ou have to understand that the plan we ended up with. was vastly less onerous than the one that was presented to me late last week", said Johnson, who added that the team would not fine or suspend any players who choose to stay in the locker room while the anthem is played.

"I think the people pushed it forward, this was not me".

National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell issued a statement about the policy. 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. I think it's disgraceful.

Responding to the decision Wednesday, the president of the NFL Players Union, which represents current and former players, said in a statement, "The balance between the rights of every citizen in our great country gets crossed when someone is told to just 'shut up and play'".

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