‘It’s About Time’ — Donald Trump Celebrates Roger Goodell Effort to End National Anthem Protests

At left, in a Feb. 1, 2017, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell answers questions during a news conference for the Super Bowl 51 football game, in Houston. At right, in an Oct. 7, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at the White House in Washington. NFL …
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President Donald Trump celebrated the news that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is trying to end the national anthem protests.

“It is about time that Roger Goodell of the NFL is finally demanding that all players STAND for our great National Anthem,” Trump wrote. “RESPECT OUR COUNTRY.”

Goodell’s memo to NFL owners was reported on Tuesday.

“Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem,” Goodell wrote in the memo calling it an “important moment” in football. “We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us.”

Goodell promised to address the issue in a meeting next week, hinting that they would provide player protesters a platform for “positive change.”

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