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President Trump responds to Robert Kraft's statement

Ty Anderson
September 24, 2017 - 6:10 pm

FOXBORO -- In a day of statements and protests, President Donald Trump has responded to the statement made by his friend, Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

When asked about Kraft expressing his disappointment with what he said on Friday, Trump defended Kraft’s right to express himself, but also stuck to his guns.

“Look, that’s okay. He has to take his ideas and go with what he wants,” Trump, conducting an interview before boarding Air Force One, began. “I think it’s very disrespectful to our country. I think it’s very, very disrespectful to our flag.

“I like Bob [Kraft] very much, we’re friends — he gave me a Super Bowl ring a month ago, right? — so he’s a good friend of mine, and I want him to do what he wants to do,” Trump continued. “But we have a great country, we have great people representing our country, especially our soldiers, our first responders, and they should be treated with respect. And when you get on your knee and you don’t respect the American flag or the anthem, that’s not being treated with respect.”

Trump, who sent out a tweet earlier Sunday talking about the NFL’s ‘bad ratings,’ was again asked if he believes that players kneeling should be ‘fired’ by their teams.

“It’s very disrespectful to our flag and to our country, so I certainly think the owners should do something about it,” said Trump. “I watched a little bit — I was not watching the games today, believe me, I was doing other things — but I watched a little bit and I will say that there was tremendous solidarity for our flag and for our country.”

The Patriots had 16 players kneel for the anthem prior to Sunday's 36-33 win over the Texans.

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