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Elias Hubbard
September 25, 2017

He was referring to the wave of NFL players who have chosen to kneel down during the national anthem at games this season.

Players with the Jackson Jaguars and the Baltimore Ravens responded Sunday morning to Trump's demands that owners suspend or fire players who protested the national anthem. He says: "They can do free speech on their own time".

Mnuchin said on ABC's "This Week" they have "the right to have the First Amendment off the field".

Mnuchin said it's "not about Republicans and Democrats" but "about respect for our military" and "respect for our first responders". "You have to have your jerseys tucked in".

He followed up with a string of tweets Saturday in which he said players who want "the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues" should "not be allowed to disrespect...our Great American Flag (or Country)". The teams' coaches and Jaguars owner Shahid Khan joined the gesture of defiance of Trump's critique of Kaepernick's stand against police brutality and racial injustice in America.

Marc Short, director of the White House's Legislative Affairs, said Trump's stance was the same as the "vast majority" of Americans, who he said believe that kneeling during the national anthem is disrespectful. "It has never been about disrespecting the flag". Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, first drew national attention previous year when he declined to to stand during "The Star-Spangled Banner" before games.

"I think the president can use whatever language he wants to use", Munchin responded. "I think the president's words are real divisive". Neither do the players in the locker room.

Taiwan Jones #22 of the Oakland Raiders tries to catch the ball in the endzone while covered by Chris Clemons #29 of the Arizona Cardinals at O.co Coliseum on August 30, 2015 in Oakland, California.

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