Trump Today: President Blasts NFL Over Possible Change To National Anthem Policy

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President Donald Trump ripped the NFL after a report about possible changes to the league’s national anthem policy, escalated his attacks on a UCLA basketball player’s father, and said he was monitoring the Navy’s search effort after a plane crashed into the sea south of Japan.


Trump said a possible change to NFL policy is “almost as bad as kneeling!” during the national anthem. The Washington Post reported some NFL owners believe they will revert to keeping players in the locker room while the national anthem is played, if player protests during the anthem continue through the end of this season. Protests began last season with Colin Kaepernick, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers, kneeling during the national anthem to call attention to racial injustice.

“When will the highly paid Commissioner [Roger Goodell] finally get tough and smart?” Trump said on Twitter. “This issue is killing your league!” The president is at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida for Thanksgiving.

The NFL is now thinking about a new idea - keeping teams in the Locker Room during the National Anthem next season. That’s almost as bad as kneeling! When will the highly paid Commissioner finally get tough and smart? This issue is killing your league!.....

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2017

Also see: Papa John’s apologizes for blaming NFL player protests for its poor sales.


Trump ramped up his war of words with LaVar Ball, whose son LiAngelo was freed over a week ago from detention in China after being held for shoplifting. Ball has said it was President Xi Jinping who was responsible for his son’s release. “IT WAS ME,” Trump wrote on Twitter, adding that the elder Ball was “just a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair.”

Trump also called LaVar Ball an “ungrateful fool!”

It wasn’t the White House, it wasn’t the State Department, it wasn’t father LaVar’s so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long term prison sentence - IT WAS ME. Too bad! LaVar is just a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair. Just think..

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2017

...LaVar, you could have spent the next 5 to 10 years during Thanksgiving with your son in China, but no NBA contract to support you. But remember LaVar, shoplifting is NOT a little thing. It’s a really big deal, especially in China. Ungrateful fool!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2017


Trump said on Twitter he was “monitoring the situation” following the crash of a U.S. Navy aircraft. Eight people were rescued and three are missing after the plane crashed en route to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, which is operating in the Philippine Sea.

Read: Three missing, eight rescued after U.S. Navy plane crashes near Japan.

The @USNavy is conducting search and rescue following aircraft crash. We are monitoring the situation. Prayers for all involved.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2017

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