Trump on National Anthem Day: 'We all proudly stand for the national anthem'

Trump on National Anthem Day: 'We all proudly stand for the national anthem'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpLieu: There will be 'widespread civil unrest' if Trump fires Mueller Attorneys for Trump, Mueller hold face-to-face meeting to discuss potential interview topics: report Trump tariffs not helpful for nuclear talks, South Korea says MORE on National Anthem Day said all Americans should “proudly stand for the national anthem,” echoing his frequent demand that professional athletes stand during the anthem before games.

“We salute our great American flag, we put our hands on our hearts for the Pledge of Allegiance and we all proudly stand for the national anthem,” Trump said in a video taken at the Conservative Political Action Conference that he retweeted on Saturday.


Last year, the president began a feud with the NFL after he said team owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem. 

Trump has repeatedly said that professional athletes should stand during the national anthem. He has brought up the hot-button issue during widely seen events such as the State of the Union and the Super Bowl.

He said that players who use kneeling as a form of protest — popularized in 2016 when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem to protest racial inequality — are insulting to the military and called for the NFL to enact rules that would force players to stand.