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Trump of Two Minds on Cowboys' Anthem Move

'Great anger' but 'big progress'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2017 6:20 AM CDT
Trump Criticizes, Praises Cowboys' Anthem Move
In this Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before boarding Air Force One at Morristown Municipal airport, in Morristown, NJ.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

(Newser) – New day, same tune: President Trump on Tuesday morning ushered in a fifth day of tweeting against NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem, after having tackled the same topic Monday evening. In those tweets, he referred to a "tremendous backlash" against the league, its players, and their "disrespect," and also called out CNN, which he said reported that Chief of Staff John Kelly disagreed with his stance; not so, per Trump. On Tuesday morning, ratings and the Dallas Cowboys—who, as a team on Monday, knelt before the anthem but stood with arms linked for it—were top of mind. His three tweets:

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  • "Ratings for NFL football are way down except before game starts, when people tune in to see whether or not our country will be disrespected!" (here)
  • "The booing at the NFL football game last night, when the entire Dallas team dropped to its knees, was loudest I have ever heard. Great anger" (here)
  • "..But while Dallas dropped to it knees as a team, they ALL stood up for our National Anthem. Big progress being made - we love our country!" (here)

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