The president continued his feud with the NFL in a spontaneous interview with Fox News’ Pete Hegseth. It aired on Thursday morning’s “Fox and Friends.” Trump said that NFL owners are “afraid” to act against players protesting the national anthem.
“The NFL is in a box, and they have to do something about it,” Trump told Hegseth. “I think they’re afraid of their players if you want to know the truth,” Trump said.
Trump also used the spotlight to brag on his newly released Republican tax reform framework. He described the plan as the “largest reduction regarding dollars in any plan in the history of the country.” Trump insisted that he will hold steady on demanding a 20% corporate tax rate which is down from the present 35%.
“It’s going to be something really special,” Trump said. “The 20 percent is non-negotiable.” Trump lamented that he wanted to start with “15 percent,” but noted that the “numbers really work at 20.”
“Right now, we are the highest taxed nation in the world,” Trump said. “When I finish the plan, we’ll be among the lowest.”
Although the tax reform has taken primary focus, it hasn’t stopped Trump from pressuring the NFL. He reiterated that the NFL has many rules and they should apply those rules to those protesting the national anthem by kneeling.
“They have rules for everything—you can’t dance in the end zone, you can’t wear pink socks relative to breast cancer—they have rules for everything,” the president told Hegseth.
He added: “Why aren’t they honoring this country by enforcing a rule that’s been in existence for a long time?”
But he said, “I have so many friends that are owners, and they are in a box.”
Trump maintains that stadiums are “losing” fans amid the controversy. “The stadiums are losing—there are a lot of empty seats, I couldn’t even believe it,” Trump said.
Trump started this firestorm by stating in a speech on Friday,
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say ‘get that son of a b—off the field right now? Out! He’s fired! He’s fired!” Trump said. The president quickly drew criticism from multiple NFL players, as well as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. In the aftermath, more than 100 NFL players kneeled or locked arms over the weekend at games across the nation.
When Trump was asked whether the NFL controversy was a “distraction,” Trump simply said, “no.”
“It’s not a distraction at all because I’m doing a lot. We’ve passed over 50 pieces of legislation, we have a Supreme Court judge, a much stronger military, much stronger borders now, we’re going to get the wall,” Trump told Hegseth. “The NFL cannot disrespect our country, they cannot disrespect our flag, or our national anthem.”
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