President Trump on Friday said that all NFL teams should follow the example of Dallas Cowboys after the team’s owner and general manager Jerry Jones said that his players must stand for the national anthem.
“Way to go Jerry,” Trump tweeted. “This is what the league should do!”
Way to go Jerry. This is what the league should do! https://t.co/yEP1jK57xi
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2018
At a news conference on Wednesday, Jones had said, “Our policy is that you stand at the anthem, toe on the line.”
Fox News notes his remark comes in the wake of the league putting its new anthem policy on hold, which “would have given players the option of staying in the locker room while allowing teams to discipline players who took a knee or sat during the anthem.”
Trump has repeatedly tweeted about the national anthem protest during his presidency.
“The NFL National Anthem Debate is alive and well again – can’t believe it! Isn’t it in contract that players must stand at attention, hand on heart? The $40,000,000 Commissioner must now make a stand. First time kneeling, out for game. Second time kneeling, out for season/no pay!” Trump tweeted last week.
During the Wednesday press conference, while Jones maintained that his team’s players will stand for the anthem, he spoke out against Trump’s “interest” in the issue.
“His interest in what we’re doing is problematic, from my chair, and I would say in general the owners’ chair,” Jones said. “It’s unprecedented, if you really think about it. But like the very game itself, that’s the way it is and we’ll deal with it.”