Sanders on Trump’s NFL insults: ‘It’s always appropriate’ for president to defend flag

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During a White House Press Briefing, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders answered questions about Trump’s statements where he called those who kneeled during the National Anthem “SOBs”.
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Pressed on Monday about President Trump’s use of an expletive to describe NFL players who sit or kneel during the national anthem, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said it’s “always appropriate” for the president to defend the American flag.

It was the first White House press briefing since Trump, at an Alabama rally Friday night, urged NFL owners to dismiss players who do not stand for the anthem to protest police brutality.  “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners when somebody disrespects our flag to say, ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field,'” Trump said. 

Sanders, when asked if the president had gone too far, replied, “I think it’s always appropriate for the president of the United States to defend our flag, to defend the national anthem, and to defend the men and women who fought and died to defend it.”

Football players have since protested the president’s comments, and subsequent tweets in which he argued that the NFL should make players stand for the national anthem. Several players kneeled or locked arms on Sunday, while three teams skipped the anthem all together. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, whose friendship with Trump has stretched back a decade, called Trump’s remarks “divisive.” 

“Look, this isn’t about the president being against anyone,” Sanders said. “But this is about the president and millions of Americans being for something, being for honoring our flag, honoring our national anthem and honoring the men and women who fought to defend it.”

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NFL won’t discipline teams that skipped Anthem | 1:01

The three NFL teams that chose to stay in the locker room and did not participate in the national anthem will not be disciplined, a league spokesman said.
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National anthem takes center stage across the NFL | 0:56

After President Trump said players who kneel during the anthem should lose their jobs, over 200 players and several owners demonstrated in various ways Sunday.
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Multiple Patriots players kneel during National Anthem | 1:48

A large group of Patriots players, including cornerback’s Malcolm Butler and Stephon Gilmore, knelt during the national anthem prior to Sunday’s game against the Texans. Tom Brady was seen locking arms with teammate Phillip Dorsett.
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NFL’s Paul Tagliabue calls Trump remarks ‘Insulting and disgraceful’ | 0:29

Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue calls Donald Trump’s comments on NFL protests ‘insulting and disgraceful’.
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Group of Saints Players Sit During National Anthem | 1:20

Several members of the New Orleans Saints did not stand during the national anthem prior to Sunday’s game against the Panthers.
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Jaguars owner Shad Khan, a one-time Trump supporter, responds to Trump’s comments, and his team protesting during the national anthem.
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Music legend Stevie Wonder bent both knees while onstage Saturday at Global Citizen Festival in New York.

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After Donald Trump said NFL players should be fired for kneeling during the national anthem, NFL players, owners and coaches condemned Trump’s comments.
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The NFL world reacted to President Trump’s comments about players protesting the national anthem.
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Trump: ‘Get that son-of-a-b**** off the field’ | 0:40

While in Huntsville, Alabama, President Trump said, ‘Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘get that son-of-a-b**** off the field right now, out. He’s fired.”
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  • NFL won't discipline teams that skipped Anthem
  • Multiple Patriots players kneel during National Anthem
  • NFL's Paul Tagliabue calls Trump remarks 'Insulting and disgraceful'
  • Group of Saints Players Sit During National Anthem
  • Jaguars owner reacts to Donald Trump's comments, Anthem protests
  • Stevie Wonder takes 'both knees' to support America
  • Trump comments on protests spur response from football world
  • NFL, players react to Trump's comments on anthem protests
  • Trump: 'Get that son-of-a-b**** off the field'

 

 

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