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Tapper pans Trump's criticism of athletes: 'Focusing like a laser' on the important issues

Tapper pans Trump's criticism of athletes: 'Focusing like a laser' on the important issues

CNN anchor Jake Tapper on Saturday panned President Trump's criticism of NFL players protesting during the national anthem and his decision to rescind NBA star Stephen Curry's invitation to the White House.

"Focusing like a laser on the major problems of the American people: black professional athletes with opinions," Tapper wrote on Twitter.

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Tapper's tweet came after Trump targeted Curry on Twitter earlier Saturday morning. The Golden State Warriors guard told reporters on Friday that he didn't want to go to the White House to meet with Trump to celebrate their NBA championship title, and didn't want his team to go either.

Trump reacted on Saturday by disinviting Curry from the trip for "hesitating" to accept the "great honor" of an invitation to the White House.

"Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team," he tweeted. "Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!"

Earlier in the summer, Curry told SFGate that he hoped to inspire change by not going to the White House.

“By not going, hopefully it will inspire some change for what we tolerate in this country and what we stand for, what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye toward,” Curry said.

"We’re all trying to do what we can, using our platforms, our opportunities, to shed light on it," he continued.

"I don’t think not going to the White House will miraculously make everything better. But this is my opportunity to voice that.”

On Friday night, during a rally in Alabama for Senate candidate Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeGOP intensifies war against Blankenship in West Virginia Republicans fear Cochran replacement puts Senate seat at risk Mississippi is new headache for GOP in the South MORE (R), Trump also went after NFL players who kneel during the national anthem, suggesting they be fired.

"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.

Trump's comments prompted backlash from NFL players and a union representing them, while NFL commissioner Roger Goodell called the president's comments "divisive."