Trump Insinuates Jerry Jones Told Him All Cowboys Done Kneeling
The president has hammered away on the topic relentlessly ever since he first mentioned it last week.
Donald Trump is not done hammering on NFL players who protest during the national anthem and seemed to imply Wednesday that he had assurances at least one team would no longer allow it.
The president tweeted that he spoke to Jerry Jones, and while the Dallas Cowboys owner took a knee with all his players and staff Monday night, it seems no more protesting of that fashion will be allowed.
"Spoke to Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys yesterday. Jerry is a winner who knows how to get things done. Players will stand for Country!" Trump tweeted.
Trump has hammered away on the topic ever since he mentioned it offhand during a rally Friday. Since then, the issue has ignited a polarizing national debate.
There was booing Monday night when the Cowboys kneeled before the anthem, which Trump pointed to in support of himself, but everyone stood for the anthem itself, which the president praised.
"The booing at the NFL football game last night, when the entire Dallas team dropped to its knees, was loudest I have ever heard. Great anger," Trump tweeted. "But while Dallas dropped to its knees as a team, they all stood up for our National Anthem. Big progress being made-we all love our country!"
Numerous players kneeled during games Sunday; three teams stayed in the locker room during the anthem portion of pregame.
Both the NFL and players' union pushed back against comments Trump made about a policy change that would require all players to stand for the anthem.
Players went after Trump via social media for attempting to infringe upon their rights.
The White House stuck by all of Trump's comments, even the one in which he called a kneeling player a "son of a bitch."
Spoke to Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys yesterday. Jerry is a winner who knows how to get things done. Players will stand for Country!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2017