Donald Trump: NFL's national anthem stance 'the right thing'

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick middle kneels during the national anthem before the team's NFL preseason football game against the San Diego Chargers in San Diego. NFL owners have app

Two prominent Seahawks on Wednesday joined the rising chorus of NFL players who expressed dismay over the league's new policy regarding the national anthem during separate local radio interviews.

Trump, in a taped interview with "Fox and Friends" that aired Thursday morning, also used the appearance to continue pressing Congress to fully fund his proposed southern border wall and to take jabs at former FBI Director James Comey.

The changes are the latest development in a polarizing debate that began with Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the anthem in 2016.

Houston Texans players kneel and stand during the singing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle. NFL owners have approved a new policy aimed at addressing the
Trump Says That NFL Players Who Kneel “Shouldn't Be In The Country”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said: "This season, all league and team personnel shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem".

The union has said it would review the new rule and challenge any element it determined to be a violation of the collective bargaining agreement between owners and players.

The President spoke with "FOX & Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade - saying, "You have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn't be playing". "Maybe they shouldn't be in the country".

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All teams and league personnel on the field shall stand and show respect for the flag and anthem.

'You have to stand proudly for the national anthem, and the NFL owners have done the right thing'.

Trump has derided players and team owners for the kneeling protests on multiple occasions, sparking a debate as to whether the protests were disrespectful of the USA military or an expression of First Amendment rights.

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Members of the New England Patriots kneel on the sidelines as the National Anthem is played before the game against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium on September 24, 2017. By instituting a policy yesterday to punish players who exercise their right of free expression by kneeling, the league is rejecting a basic American value. "He's fired, '" Mr Trump said at the time.

"I'm just proud of how our team handled it last year and in the past and I believe we'll all stay on the field this year", said quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. "I brought it out".

Trump's criticism came after he was asked about tweets by Comey that took aim at Trump for asserting on Twitter that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had planted a spy in his 2016 presidential campaign.

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