Trump says he wouldn't steer son Barron toward football

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump says he wouldn't steer son Barron toward football, saying it's "a dangerous sport," but also wouldn't stand in the way if the soccer-playing 12-year-old wanted to put on pads.

The NFL fan tells CBS' "Face the Nation" in an interview taped before the Super Bowl that football is "really tough."

He says equipment, including helmets, has improved "but it hasn't solved the problem."

Trump thinks the NFL "is a great product." But as for Barron playing, the president calls it a "very tough question."

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U.S. President Donald Trump talks with the reporters as his son Barron waits for him while departing the White House for Palm Beach, in Washington D.C., U.S. November 21, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
11-year-old Barron Trump waits for his Dad, President Donald Trump as he speaks to reporters, before their departure for the Thanksgiving Holiday, from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on November 21, 2017. The Trumps are going to their Mar-a-Lago resort for the holiday. (Photo by Cheriss May) (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
President Donald Trump leaves the White House with First Lady Melania Trump and son Barron Trump, as they depart for the Thanksgiving Holiday from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on November 21, 2017. The Trumps are going to their Mar-a-Lago resort for the holiday. (Photo by Cheriss May) (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Barron Trump (L) looks on as his father US President Donald Trump (R) speaks during the pardoning the Thanksgiving turkey Drumstick in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump (R) and their son Barron look on after Trump pardoned the turkey, Drumstick, during the ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
11-year-old Barron Trump, stands next to his Dad, President Donald Trump, as he speaks at the National Thanksgiving Turkey Pardoning Ceremony, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., on November 21, 2017. President Trump pardoned Drumstick, a 40-pound White Holland breed raised by Wittenburg in Minnesota, who will live out his days at 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Cheriss May) (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he with First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron walk on South Lawn of the White House upon their return to Washington, U.S., from Camp David, August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he with First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron walk on South Lawn of the White House upon their return to Washington, U.S., from Camp David, August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he with First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron walk on South Lawn of the White House upon their return to Washington, U.S., from Camp David, August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, their son Barron (R) and Trump's grandchildren Arabella (obscured) and Joseph walk from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., before their departure to Camp David, August 25, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
Without protective glasses on, Melania Trump looks up at the solar eclipse as U.S. President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up with his son Barron at this side at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, their son Barron and Ivanka Trump (L) walk out from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., before their departure to Camp David, August 25, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump applauds as he walks with first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron (L) on the South Lawn of the White House upon their return to Washington, U.S., after a vacation in Bedminster, NJ., August 20, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he walks with first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron on the South Lawn of the White House upon their return to Washington, U.S., after a vacation in Bedminster, NJ., August 20, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump walks with his son Barron on the South Lawn of the White House upon their return to Washington, U.S., after a vacation in Bedminster, NJ., August 20, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at Joint Base Andrews with his wife Melania and son Barron in Maryland, U.S., August 20, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump with first lady Melania and their son Barron walk to the White House in Washington, U.S. following their arrival from Camp David June 18, 2017. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
U.S. President Donald Trump with First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron arrive at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, U.S., after a weekend at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S., June 11, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump with first lady Melania and their son Barron walk out from the White House in Washington, U.S., before their departure to Camp David, June 17, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump, first lady Melania and their son Barron leave the Oval Office of the White House during their departure for Bedminster, New Jersey, in Washington, DC, U.S., June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. President Donald Trump with first lady Melania and their son Barron walk to the White House in Washington, U.S. following their arrival from Camp David June 18, 2017. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
U.S. President Donald Trump, first lady Melania and their son Barron walk along the South Lawn of the White House during their departure for Bedminster, New Jersey, in Washington, DC, U.S., June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 26: U.S. President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron Trump return to the White House on November 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. The first family is returning after a multi day trip to Florida over the Thanksgiving holiday. (Photo by Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)
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"If he wanted to? Yes. Would I steer him that way? No, I wouldn't."

The president says many people, "including me, thought soccer would probably never make it in this country, but it really is moving forward rapidly."

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