Trump says he won't see moon landing biopic over American flag being left out

Trump says he won't see moon landing biopic over American flag being left out
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpSessions accepts 'Fox News Sunday' invitation to debate, Tuberville declines Priest among those police cleared from St. John's Church patio for Trump visit Trump criticizes CNN on split-screen audio of Rose Garden address, protesters clashing with police MORE on Tuesday said he will not go see the biopic of Neil Armstrong starring Ryan Gosling due to the American flag being left out of the film.

“It’s unfortunate. It’s almost like they’re embarrassed at the achievement coming from America, I think it’s a terrible thing,” Trump told The Daily Caller in an interview. “For that reason, I wouldn’t even want to watch the movie.”

“When you think of Neil Armstrong and when you think of the landing on the moon, you think about the American flag,” he added.

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Gosling defended the decision last week, telling The Telegraph on Friday, “I think this was widely regarded in the end as a human achievement [and] that’s how we chose to view it.”

“I don’t think that Neil viewed himself as an American hero,” Gosling added. “From my interviews with his family and people that knew him, it was quite the opposite. And we wanted the film to reflect Neil.”

He also joked, “I'm Canadian, so might have cognitive bias.”

Armstrong's sons, Rick and Mark, released a statement Friday supporting Gosling's interpretation, according to The Washington Post.

"This story is human and it is universal. Of course, it celebrates an America achievement. It also celebrates an achievement 'for all mankind,' as it says on the plaque Neil and Buzz left on the moon," their statement says.

Others have been critical of Gosling’s decision. Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, who was the second man on the moon, posted a photo of the American flag being planted with the hashtag “Proud to be an American.”

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The president has lept into controversy over American symbols before. When the issue of NFL players kneeling in protest during the national anthem rose to national prominence, Trump joined the debate quickly, urging NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to “make a stand.”

“First time kneeling, out for game. Second time kneeling, out for season/no pay!” Trump tweeted.