Most Americans think National Football League players kneeling isn't unpatriotic

Most Americans think National Football League players kneeling isn't unpatriotic

Most Americans think National Football League players kneeling isn't unpatriotic

"I'm going to ask them to recommend to me people who were unfairly treated", Trump said.

President Trump spoke to reporters outside the White House Friday before departing for the G-7 meeting in Canada.

"President Trump has spent much of his first 18 months in office degrading National Football League players who protest police brutality and racial injustice", said Jeff Robinson, ACLU deputy legal director. He offered to let them name people they feel were unfairly treated by the justice system and he would pardon them. And I'm going to ask them to recommend to me people that were unfairly treated - friends of theirs or people that they know about.

On Friday, Trump also said he was looking into possibly pardoning late boxer Muhammad Ali, whose attorney pointed out that a pardon wasn't needed.

But the scheduling of such testimony could require significant legal maneuvering if the depositions are opposed by the White House. Notably, it comes after Trump repeatedly suggested that protesting players should be fired or find another country.

Fox News fanned the flames by showing pictures of Eagles players kneeling in prayer - pictures that weren't taken during the performance of the national anthem - prompting player backlash and an official apology.

Grammy-winning rapper T.I. looks like he's ready to fully get behind a potential Joe Biden presidential run.

Pence left an October NFL game between the 49ers and Colts in Indianapolis after some players knelt during the National Anthem, saying on Twitter at the time that he would not "dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem".

Kaepernick ignited a controversy back in 2016 when he refused to stand during the National Anthem, protesting what he believes are racial injustices and ongoing police brutality in the US.

Some have seen the pardons as sending a message to former campaign aides now ensnared in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in the 2016 presidential election or in other legal inquiries, including Trump's longtime lawyer and legal "fixer" Michael Cohen, whose finances are under federal investigation. Meanwhile, Kaepernick's former teammate, safety Eric Reid, who also remains unsigned after participating in the protests, filed his own collusion grievance earlier in May.

Trump this week canceled a White House ceremony with the Philadelphia Eagles that would have honored the Super Bowl champions.

Trump also used the press conference to discuss commuting the sentence of Alice Johnson, who received a life sentence more than 20 years ago for her role in a drug trafficking operation.

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