NFLDonald Trump applauds Cowboys owner Jerry Jones for anthem stance

Donald Trump applauds Cowboys owner Jerry Jones for anthem stance

President Donald Trump
President Donald Trump delivers remarks on trade policy at U.S. Steel’s Granite City Works. –Tom Brenner/The New York Times

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is congratulating Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys football team, for saying his players will be required to stand for the playing of the national anthem.

Trump writes: “Way to go Jerry. This is what the league should do!”

Way to go Jerry. This is what the league should do! https://t.co/yEP1jK57xi

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2018

Jones was the first owner to publicly say that his players would not be allowed to stay off the field during the anthem. Jones said the team’s policy is “you stand at the anthem, toe on the line.”

Trump has repeatedly tried to bring attention to the player protests, which he opposes, and believes the culture war issue helps energize his base.