Trump: ‘Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country’ if you can’t ‘stand proudly' for national anthem
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL players stand in tunnel during anthem, extending protests 12 former top intel officials blast Trump's move to revoke Brennan's security clearance NYT: Omarosa believed to have as many as 200 tapes MORE suggested in an interview broadcast early Thursday that those who can't "stand proudly" during the national anthem "shouldn't be in the country" after the NFL passed a rule banning kneeling during "The Star-Spangled Banner."

The president during an interview with "Fox & Friends" touted the NFL's new rule, which bans on-field protests during the national anthem, and chided the league for allowing players to remain in the locker room.

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"I think that’s good. I don’t think people should be staying in the locker rooms, but still, I think it’s good. You have to stand proudly for the national anthem," Trump said.

"You shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there. Maybe they shouldn’t be in the country," he added.

Team owners on Wednesday decided to allow NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to impose "appropriate discipline on league personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem." Teams will be fined if players do not stand and "show respect for the flag."

Vice President Pence reacted to the league's decision on Wednesday, calling it a victory for both NFL fans and the Trump administration.

"Today’s decision by the @NFL is a win for the fans, a win for @POTUS, and a win for America. Americans can once again come together around what unites us – our flag, our military, and our National Anthem. Thank you NFL. #ProudToStand," he tweeted.

Players began kneeling during the anthem in 2016 as a means of protesting social injustice in the U.S., sparking criticism from Trump.

--Updated at 8:56 a.m.