Trump supports NFL's decision on national anthem policy

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The NFLPA, the players' union, released a statement noting that players were not consulted before the NFL's rule change - which was approved in a vote of owners on Wednesday - and that it would review the policy and potentially challenge any aspect it sees as a potential violation of the league's Collective Bargaining Agreement.

"Well, I think that's good", Trump said of the policy shift during an appearance on "Fox & Friends" Thursday morning.

Previously, the National Football League had no set policy on the anthem and some players each of the last two seasons had taken to either kneeling or sitting.

"I think that's good", Mr Trump told Fox, in what White House correspondents count as his 23rd interview with the conservative cable network since he became president. "This country is very smart". "We're very smart people".

The new rule dictates that fines will be issued for any players who kneel.

"Following Wednesday's announcement, Vice President Mike Pence tweeted a photo of a story on the subject and wrote "#Winning". However, as a compromise for players who may not want to stand, the league offered players the opportunity to stay in the locker room for the anthem.

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The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has filed a grievance against the NFL accusing team owners of colluding to keep him out of the league over his high-profile take-a-knee protests during the national anthem in the 2016 regular season.

It wouldn't be wise to neglect anything that POTUS says, so the league and team owners chose to react as they are quite scared of what Mr. Trump could do. "Or do they think owners can make stadiums conservative "safe spaces" where even silent protest is banned?"

At an Alabama rally in September, Trump called players who kneeled a "son of a bitch" and encouraged fans to boycott games when the protests occurred.

'We've done a lot of work on the wall. Any players or team personnel who remain on the field, but do not stand during the anthem will fined.

Despite the Trump administration's celebrations on Twitter, however, the rule may not be the end of kneeling protests.

"The efforts by many of our players sparked awareness and action around issues of social justice that must be addressed".

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