President Trump fired a fresh round of criticism over the past 24 hours after calling North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un a “madman” at a rally in Alabama followed by rants about the N.F.L. and withdrawing an invitation for Golden State Warriors basketball star Stephen Curry to visit the White House following their championship win.
After threatening that the U.S. would “totally destroy” North Korea last week during his first U.N. speech to the General Assembly and referring to North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un as “rocket man” who is on a suicide mission, President Trump directed his angst on Friday night in Alabama towards N.F.L. owners for not firing players who choose to sit down during the national anthem.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these N.F.L. owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired. He’s fired!’ ” Trump said.
Trump later claimed that the decision to not clamp down on players who don’t stand for the national anthem has caused Americans to not support the N.F.L. after stating that N.F.L. ratings are “down massively” and then criticizing the N.F.L. and referees for throwing penalties against players that hit too hard on the field.
“But do you want to know what’s hurting the game more than that? When people like yourselves turn on television and you see those people taking the knee when they’re playing our great national anthem” Trump said.
Here is the N.F.L. statement in response to Trump’s comment from Brian McCarthy:
New NFL statement pic.twitter.com/XHPgVvPPfH
— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) September 23, 2017
Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry displayed some reluctance about visiting the White House following their championship win this year and President Trump tweeted this morning that Curry is no longer invited to appear at the White House.
Trump tweeted, “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!”
Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
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