President Donald Trump Take to Twitter to Attack the NFL

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"They can be treated with respect", Trump said, speaking under the wing of the plane.

As he took the stage for the Global Citizen Festival, aimed at eliminating poverty, the blind singer knelt, joining the protest against racial injustice started by National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem a year ago to draw attention to racial injustice, and some players across the league have followed suit. Critics have interpreted the practice as being disrespectful toward US military service members and veterans.

"Thank primarily to our players, the National Football League also has been a unifying force in our country and impactful change has and hopefully will continue to be the result of peaceful expression, done so in order to highlight social injustices of all kind".

On Friday, Trump, at a public rally used an expletive to describe players who kneel or sit during the anthem, to protest police brutality against black Americans and other forms of social injustice, The New York Times reported.

Before games began on Sunday, Trump continued the rhetoric on Twitter.

Dallas Mavericks owner and businessman Mark Cuban has fired back at President Donald Trump's criticism of NFL players who decline to stand during the national anthem, as well as the president's decision to revoke a White House invitation to Golden State Warriors' star Stephen Curry.

The NFL's players and owners are frequently at odds over finances and rules of the game.

On Saturday night, the protest spread to another sport, as Major League Baseball player Bruce Maxwell knelt during the anthem before his team, the Oakland Athletics, played the Texas Rangers, and he later predicted more will follow. On Saturday morning, Trump tweeted that National Basketball Association star Stephen Curry is not welcome at the White House.

Trump echoed his comments on Twitter early Saturday.

White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short said Sunday on CBS News' "Face the Nation" that Mr. Trump has made a case that "there are coaches across this country, at high-school level, who are penalized and disciplined for leading their players in prayer. Find something else to do!" he tweeted.

"Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up", he tweeted.

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