Mr. Pence has long opposed the sideline protests, walking out of an Indianapolis Colts game in October over players who refused to stand for the national anthem.
"You have to stand proudly for the national anthem", Trump said Thursday morning on Fox & Friends, one of the president's favorite outlets for speaking his mind.
Trump has derided players and team owners for the kneeling protests on multiple occasions, sparking a debate as to whether the protests were disrespectful of the US military or an expression of First Amendment rights. You shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there.
Goodell will impose "appropriate discipline" for those on the field who do not stand for the national anthem. I worry that kneeling N.F.L. players distract from their important political message - calling out police violence against African-Americans - and needlessly alienate otherwise persuadable people.
In the years since, the league's owners have grown magnificently rich, building their teams into billion-dollar kingdoms, while also becoming fearful of anything that threatens their ability to make billions more on the backs of fans. "I brought it out". I also know many decent people who work for the NFL's teams. Trump denounced the players as unpatriotic and repeatedly demanded an end to such protests.
The ACLU said that Trump and the NFL's mostly white and wealthy team owners saw the protests as a sign of disrespect.
Johnson is the brother of Woody Johnson, who is now serving at the USA ambassador to the United Kingdom in the Trump administration.
The union has said it would review the new rule and challenge any element it determined to be a violation of the collective bargaining agreement between owners and players. When the league's owners acted on principle and were anything but the squishy, invertebrate loafer-and-sport coat-wearing globules they have become.
"Management has chosen to quash the same freedom of speech that protects someone who wants to salute the flag in an effort to prevent someone who does not wish to do so", Smith wrote on Twitter.