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Tags: conway | trump | players | nfl | stand | national anthem

Conway: Trump Making 'Simple Request' for Players to Stand

Conway: Trump Making 'Simple Request' for Players to Stand
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By    |   Wednesday, 06 June 2018 11:13 AM EDT

Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway said she remains a lifelong fan of the Philadelphia Eagles and is happy they won the Super Bowl, but at the same time, she defends President Donald Trump's decision to uninvite the team from a White House ceremony, pointing out that he has made it clear that he thinks it's a "simple request" that everyone stand for the National Anthem.

"I'm very happy that the Eagles won the Super Bowl and I'm happy that yesterday here on the South Lawn, hundreds and hundreds of Americans joined the president celebrating America," Conway told CNN's "New Day" co-host John Berman. "Both things can be applauded."

Berman noted that no Eagles players kneeled during the anthem last year, but Conway asked to "unpack that separately. "

"Separately, the president sees that the NFL came out with its own policy. . . They have a similar agreement on if you're on the field, you must stand for the National Anthem," said Conway.

"The NFL has said as recently as two weeks ago, they said if you're out there and you're not standing the team will be fined. You don't need to be out there, you can be in the locker room."

But with the Eagles, the team had "already sent in dozens and dozens of officials and players to come for the celebration and then that number was reduced," said Conway.

"The president decided, the number he focused on is the number of Eagles fans who had already been waived in and secured here to come to the White House. He didn't want to disappoint them. Many of them were already in town."

Rather than disappoint the fans, Conway said, Trump decided to invite them to "celebrate America."

"The president's not telling the Philadelphia Eagles or the NFL or any of us what to wear, what to think, how to spend your charitable time, what to do in the off-season," said Conway.

"He's basically making a very simple request that when the National Anthem is played at a sporting event, people stand, and people respect that and I know everybody saying but nobody need, nobody -- they're obviously are some hurt feelings over the new policy."

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Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway defends President Donald Trump's decision to uninvite the Philadelphia Eagles from a White House ceremony.
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Wednesday, 06 June 2018 11:13 AM
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