President Donald Trump is expected to deliver a speech tonight at the White House about NFL players who kneel during the national anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality.
Trump is not expected to address the protests that have occurred during the games and the ongoing debate over his handling of police brutality and racial inequality.
Instead, the speech will focus on the ongoing efforts of the league to get players to support unity and respect during the anthem, which is traditionally a time of unity and protest.
Trump has made it clear that he does not support the protests and has called them a distraction from the fight against the opioid epidemic and the war on terror.
“NFL players have shown tremendous unity by kneeling during the National Anthem, but the league is in the middle of a national disgrace.
The NFL has lost millions of dollars in revenue because of their political correctness and they have allowed their players to be used as political pawns in politics,” Trump said in a statement to the Associated Press.
“It is now time for the NFL to show their unity by standing up for the American flag and American heroes who have given so much for our country.”
The president also vowed to work with NFL owners to get more NFL players on the field during the upcoming games.
The league is expected today to announce the start of the season.
The president will address the anthem protest during the State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 20, but he is also expected to discuss the ongoing protests in the days following.
Trump will not address the national controversy surrounding the NFL protests, which are taking place against the backdrop of the NFL owners meeting and the NFL season opener.
The protests have been ongoing for nearly two weeks.
In the wake of the protests, the league has announced it would be suspending players for two games and reducing the number of games the league can schedule from 40 to 28.
Trump also called on NFL owners and owners’ associations to “make public apologies to the American people for the disgraceful actions of their owners and/or the owners associations that have condoned and allowed these acts of disrespect for our military and our country by the owners of the National Football League.”