Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon said Monday night that professional football players who want to take a knee during the national anthem should instead do so at night and "thank God" that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE is commander in chief.

“If people in this country take a knee and the national football players want to take a knee, they should take a knee at night, every night, and thank God in heaven Donald J. Trump is president of the United States,” Bannon told Fox News.

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“He has saved this country so much grief. He has done such a tremendous job with virtually no help."

Bannon’s remarks come amid fallout from Trump’s suggestion that NFL owners fire players who choose to kneel during the national anthem.

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. He is fired,' " Trump said Friday at a rally in Alabama.

Trump doubled down on those comments over the weekend, sparking protests at football games across the country on Sunday and widespread condemnation from athletes.

Bannon on Monday also called on the "Republican establishment” to have Trump’s back.

Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Overnight Finance: Lawmakers see shutdown odds rising | Trump calls for looser rules for bank loans | Consumer bureau moves to revise payday lending rule | Trump warns China on trade deficit MORE wouldn’t be majority leader if Donald Trump didn’t drag half a dozen senators across the goal line in November,” Bannon said.