Vice President Mike Pence, front center, stands during the playing of the national anthem before an NFL football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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“At a time when so many Americans are inspiring our nation with their courage, resolve, and resilience, now, more than ever, we should rally around our Flag and everything that unites us,” he said.
Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, stand during the playing of the national anthem before the NFL football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers, on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Indianapolis.
Trump later said in a tweet that he asked Pence to leave the game, if any player knelt during the national anthem.
“I am proud of him and second lady Karen,” he said on Twitter.
I asked @VP Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country. I am proud of him and @SecondLady Karen.
National anthem protests took center stage late last month after Trump demanded the NFL fire players who knelt in protest over social injustices.
That sparked outrage from the league and its players. Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL owners and players took a knee the following Sunday in games across the country showing their solidarity with each other and against Trumps comments.