President Trump: We proudly stand for national anthem on Super Bowl Sunday
United States president Donald Trump, who has frequently denounced NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem, had the same message on Sunday.
In an official White House statement, the president saluted America's armed forces ahead of Super Bowl LII between reigning champions the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles, but reminded everyone, "We hold them in our hearts and thank them for our freedom as we proudly stand for the national anthem."
"As many Americans come together to watch the Super Bowl, Melania and I extend our greetings and appreciation for those who make occasions like this possible, particularly the brave men and women of our Armed Forces," Trump continued.
"Though many of our Nation's service members are unable to be home with family and friends to enjoy this evening's American tradition, they are always in our thoughts and prayers. We owe these heroes the greatest respect for defending our liberty and our American way of life. Their sacrifice is stitched into each star and every stripe of our Star-Spangled Banner. We hold them in our hearts and thank them for our freedom as we proudly stand for the National Anthem.
"We send our best wishes for an enjoyable Super Bowl Sunday. May God bless and protect our troops, and may he continue to bless the United States of America."
Trump has been relentless on the issue and even mentioned the subject during Tuesday's State of the Union address. When talking about a young boy who decorated veteran's graves with flags, Trump said, it's "why we proudly stand for the national anthem."