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Trump reportedly called Cowboys owner 4 times over national anthem protest

Trump really likes to call Jerry Jones, apparently.


David Covucci

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Posted on Oct 3, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 3:32 pm CDT

President Donald Trump repeatedly “implored” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to have his players stand for the national anthem in advance of their Monday Night Football game against the Arizona Cardinals, a new report reveals.

The team’s decision to kneel and then stand for the national anthem, Trump tweeted, was acceptable.

Trump admitted to calling Jones to discuss players who were kneeling to raise awareness of police brutality against Black people. (As president, Trump has advocated for police brutality.)

While Trump was projecting the aura of big shot dealmaker—saying he told Jones how his players should behave and Jones listening—the story now reported sounds slightly different.

According to Ian Rappaport of NFL Network, it took Trump four phone calls while Jones was in the locker room to find a compromise with the Dallas team.

At her press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the kneeling controversy was not affecting the president’s focus on more pressing issues because it does not take that much time to send a tweet.

H/T the Hill

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*First Published: Oct 3, 2017, 10:07 am CDT