It's unanimous: National Football League owners voted on Wednesday to adopt a new rule requiring players to stand for the playing or singing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" before games.
Trump said: 'We do have $1.6billion, we started the wall.
"This country is very smart", Trump added.
Trump said the owners are "doing the right thing" on the issue, which he turned into a cause celebre past year with provocative comments at a rally and a barrage of tweets.
Two ex-49ers players, Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid, are suing the National Football League for collusion because they remain unsigned after protesting against social injustice and police brutality.
"You shouldn't be there - maybe you shouldn't be in the country".
Commentary: "Throw the ungrateful protesters out of the country" is a red-meat take that'll play well with some in the president's base, but it's one that doesn't even stand up to an elementary-school-level understanding of American freedoms. Any violations of the new rules would result in fines against teams.
Any recourse to existing dispute procedures is likely to be futile because they are controlled by the Commissioner who was responsible for the policy.
The civil rights organization National Action Network said it was planning a rally with community leaders and clergy to take place on Friday outside NFL headquarters in New York City. The NFL, which is already dealing with concussion issues and troubling viewership trends, wants the president and fans to stop dwelling on the anthem. I'm someone who's always looked at the anthem as a declaration of ideals, including the right to peaceful protest.
"We've been supportive of those in the past who have made a decision to protest", Mara told Sirius XM, "but I think we've gotten to a point now where it's become such a divisive issue that I think it's important that we come out of here with a policy that everybody can respect and adhere to". I worry that kneeling N.F.L. players distract from their important political message - calling out police violence against African-Americans - and needlessly alienate otherwise persuadable people.