By Mark Gallagher

President Trump wants the NFL to play in 2020, but if players choose to kneel in protest during the national anthem, he’d rather the league not play.

“(NFL officials) want to open and they want to open badly and they’ve been working with government,” Trump said yesterday in an interview with Clay Travis on Fox Sports’ “Outkick The Coverage.” 

“I would say this: If they don’t stand for the national anthem, I hope they don’t open. … But, other than that I’d love to see them open and we’re doing everything possible for getting them open.”

Since Colin Kaepernick knelt during the anthem in 2016 to protest police brutality and social injustice Trump has been defiant against it, labeling the act as disrespectful to the American flag. Trump’s speech at a 2017 Alabama rally — when he used profanity to describe protesting players and called for their firing — prompted hundreds of players that season to kneel.