Trump supports NFL's decision on national anthem policy

Houston Texans players kneel during the singing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday Oct. 29 2017 in Seattle

Speaking to Fox News' Brian Kilmeade Thursday morning, Trump praised the NFL for the new policy, which will require players to either stand for the national anthem or remain in the locker room.

President Donald Trump praised an National Football League policy banning kneeling during the "The Star-Spangled Banner", saying that "maybe you shouldn't be in the country" if you don't stand for the anthem.

"The NFL chose to not consult the union in the development of this new "policy.' NFL players have shown their patriotism through their social activism, their community service, in support of our military and law enforcement and yes, through their protests to raise awareness about the issues they care about", the NFL players" union said in a statement. You shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there. No measures were taken against those players, but it was said by some team owners that this behavior could get some people benched while Trump yearned for even bigger punishments towards anyone supporting this type of protest.

President Trump has fueled fan outrage over the kneelers, suggesting in September that owners fire protesting players.

"This country is very smart", Trump added.

President Trump supports the NFL's decision on the new national anthem policy. The president's words inflamed the protest controversy last season, and this time around, they're likely to have the same effect.

The new NFL policy subjects teams to a fine if players or other team personnel fail to show "respect" to the national anthem.

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"Pence, who left an Indianapolis Colts game after players kneeled a year ago, posted a screenshot of the news and captioned it "#winning" on Twitter.

'We've done a lot of work on the wall. The policy forbids players from sitting or taking a knee on the field during the anthem but allows them to stay in the locker room.

"If the team gets fined, that's just something I'll have to bear".

Despite the Trump administration's celebrations on Twitter, however, the rule may not be the end of kneeling protests.

"This is fear of a diminished bottom line", wrote Chris Long.

With this new rule, the league has finally responded. Also, how the fans will react, how the media will react. "Our league continues to fall short on the issue".

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