President Trump in an early morning tweet on Wednesday ripped the NFL for its decision to allow players to kneel during the national anthem, saying it shows "total disrespect for our great country!"
"The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem. Total disrespect for our great country!" the president said in a tweet.
The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem. Total disrespect for our great country!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2017
The president's comment came after the NFL on Tuesday decided not to implement a rule that would require players to stand during the national anthem.
The NFL Network's Ian Rapaport was the first to report the decision.
#49ers owner Jed York echoes what many said: There is no discussion of a trade-off for forcing players to stand. There’ll be no rule change— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 17, 2017
Trump has taken aim at players who kneel during the anthem to protest racial and social injustice in the U.S.
The president called on the NFL to fire those players last month at a rally in Alabama.
The NFL community responded with a show of solidarity, with players and owners kneeling and linking arms at games across the U.S. and in London.