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JUNE 10, 2018
Trump is right - don't stand, don't play. Amid an ongoing dispute between the White House and professional sports teams over national anthem protests, President Trump on Friday said he was open to suggestions from athletes on potential pardon candidates. You have a lot of people, in the NFL in particular, but in sports leagues, theyre not proud enough to stand for our national anthem. I dont like that, Trump said. We have a great country, you should stand for our national anthem. You shouldnt go in a locker room when our national anthem is played."
The president spoke to a group of reporters as he departed the White House ahead of the G7 summit in Canada. Trump continued: Im going to ask them to recommend to me people that were unfairly treated friends of theirs or people that they know about, and Im going to take a look at those applications.
Just days earlier, in a controversial move,
the president rescinded an invitation to the Philadelphia Eagles to a White
House celebration honoring their Super Bowl victory. At the time, he said
the team was unable to attend because they disagreed with his belief
that NFL players should proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on
heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people
of our country.