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President Donald Trump praised the NFL's decision to fine teams whose players kneel in protest during the national anthem before games, saying that those who do "maybe... shouldn't be in the country".

In response to the seemingly never-ending controversy about players kneeling during the national anthem at the beginning of games as a form of protest, the NFL created a compromise.

The NFL Player's Association, which has supported the players' right to protest, issued a release on Wednesday stating it would review the new rule and challenge any aspect inconsistent with its collective bargaining agreement.

Athletes who choose not to stand for the national anthem under the new policy will be allowed to stay in the locker room until the performance of the anthem is over, according to Goodell's statement. "I don't think people should be staying in locker rooms but still I think it's good", Trump told Fox News in an interview taped on Wednesday and broadcast on Thursday.

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.

'Maybe you shouldn't be in the country. The league has not said how much in fines teams will face, or explicitly defined the term "respect", though commissioner Roger Goodell said in a press conference that the league wanted "people to stand". Trump said on Monday. The subject suddenly exploded into national prominence - another divisive distraction completely invented by Trump.

Trump suggests NFL players who kneel during anthem shouldn't be in US

"I think the people pushed it forward, this was not me". "This country is very smart".

Players began kneeling during the Stars and Stripes during 2016 in protest at police brutality and racial inequality.

All teams and league personnel on the field shall stand and show respect for the flag and anthem. "I brought it out". He demonized the protesters by calling them "unpatriotic", and by extension demonized all African-Americans.

What's more, the National Football League did a huge disservice to its players, more than 70 percent of whom are African Americans. The NFL, which is already dealing with concussion issues and troubling viewership trends, wants the president and fans to stop dwelling on the anthem.

Johnson is the brother of Woody Johnson, who is now serving at the USA ambassador to the United Kingdom in the Trump administration.

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