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President Donald Trump is attributing the NFL’s recent recovery to the fact that players in the National Football League are respecting the American flag again, forgoing the take-a-knee protests of recent years.

“They haven’t been kneeling and they have been respecting the flag and their ratings have been terrific ever since. And a lot of good things happened,” Trump said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

“You can’t be kneeling for the national anthem. You have to respect our flag and our country. I want that as president and I’d want that as a citizen,” the president added.

CBS host Margaret Brennan asked Trump: “Are you sensitive at all to players like Colin Kaepernick, who point out that the majority of victims of police violence are black?”

Trump responded: “I’m the one that had passed judicial reform. And if you look at what I did, criminal judicial reform, and what I’ve done, President Obama tried. They all tried. Everybody wanted to do it. And I got it done and I’ve been, you know, really — a lot of people in the NFL have been calling and thanking me for it.

“They have been calling and thanking, you know, that people have been trying to get that taken care of and it’s now signed into law and affects tremendous numbers of people, and very good people. I think that when you want to protest I think that’s great. But I don’t think you do it at the sake of our flag, at the sake of our national anthem. Absolutely.”

The president concluded: “I think that people have to, at all times, respect our flag and at all times respect our national anthem and our country. And I think there are plenty of places and times you can protest and you can do a lot. But you can’t do that. That’s my opinion.”

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