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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, they’re not proud enough to stand for our national anthem. I don’t like that,” Trump said. “We have a great country, you should stand for our national anthem. You shouldn’t 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: “I’m going to ask them to recommend to me people that were unfairly treated … friends of theirs or people that they know about, and I’m 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     Just days earlier, in a controversial move, the president rescinded an invitation to the Philadelphia Eagles to a White House celebration honoring their Super Bowl victory.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.”

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