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Volume 24 No. 117
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Trump Says He Is Not Preoccupied With NFL; "Ashamed" Of Protests

President Trump this afternoon said he has not been “preoccupied with the NFL” as Puerto Rico recovers from Hurricane Maria and relations with North Korea continue to worsen. Trump during a press conference alongside Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he was “ashamed of what was taking place” during the national anthem at NFL games. Trump: “I don’t think you can disrespect our country, our flag, our national anthem. To me, the NFL situation is a very important situation. … It’s called respect for our country.” He later called kneeling during the anthem “disgraceful” (CNBC, 9/26).

Trump over the past seven days has referenced the NFL, either directly or indirectly, in 18 tweets, while touching on sports teams visiting the White House twice. He has referenced Puerto Rico either directly or indirectly five times during that time span (THE DAILY).