WH: Trump’s Comments on NFL About ‘Honoring Our Flag’

By Melanie Arter | September 25, 2017 | 6:34pm EDT
WhiyWhite House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (CNSNews.com/Melanie Arter)

(CNSNews.com) - The White House on Monday defended President Donald Trump’s comments regarding NFL players kneeling for the national anthem.

When asked whether the president regrets describing football players who don’t stand for the anthem “SOBs who should be fired” given the response over the past two days, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “This isn’t about the president being against anyone.

“This is about the president and millions of Americans being for something, being for honoring our flag, honoring our national anthem, and honoring the men and women who fought to defend it,” she said.

Sanders quoted former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, who said Monday, “It’s important to remember that our military is composed entirely of volunteers. It obviously takes a special kind of patriotism for people to volunteer to risk their life for their country. Theirs is not blind patriotism that pretends there is nothing wrong with the country. 

“‘Every man and woman in uniform knows we still have work to do to achieve the equality, opportunity, and justice for all to which we aspire, but every member of the military also knows that what is right about America is worth defending, and if it’s worth defending, it’s worth honoring,’” Sanders quoted Dempsey as saying.

A reporter asked why the president was emphasizing sports right now in the aftermath of the hurricane that hit Puerto Rico.

“He’s not emphasizing sports.You're missing the entire purpose of the message. He’s emphasizing something that should be unifying. Celebrating and promoting patriotism in our country is something that should bring everybody together,” Sanders said.

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