From a conversation with the press on the South Lawn. Trump also said he is not sure whether he continues to have confidence in HHS Secretary Price, who is under scrutiny for his taxpayer-funded travel on private jets.
I think the NFL is in a box. I think they’re in a really bad box. You look at what’s happening with their ratings. You look at what’s going — I mean, frankly, the only thing that’s doing well in the NFL is the pregame because everybody wants to see what’s going on.
The NFL is in a very bad box. You cannot have people disrespecting our national anthem, our flag, our country, and that’s what they’re doing. And in my opinion, the NFL has to change or you know what’s going to happen? Their business is going to go to hell.
Quesiton: Mr. President, do you think that undermines the First Amendment at all?
Trump: No, not at all. No, no. We have to respect our national anthem. We have to respect our country, and they’re respecting our country. And most importantly, the fans agree with me — I mean, largely, the fans agree.
But we have to show total respect for our national anthem, for our flag, for our country, we have to do it. And you can — there are plenty of places, and there are — personally, when they’re protesting during a football game, I think they can find better places. But they cannot do it during the national anthem.