President Trump on Friday said he wants to meet with NFL players – whom he has slammed for kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem — so they can suggest people he can pardon.
“I’m going to ask all of those people to recommend to me — because that’s what they’re protesting — people that they think were unfairly treated by the justice system,” Trump said at the White House before heading to the G-7 summit in Canada.
“I’m gonna take a look at those applications, and if I find — and my committee finds — that they’ve been unfairly treated, then we’ll pardon them. Or at least let them out,” he said.
After rescinding an invitation to the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles to visit the White House, Trump taunted NFL players this week by saying there would be no “escaping to locker rooms.”
He was referring to a new NFL policy that calls for players to stand on the field during the playing of the anthem or remain in the locker room.
The president has accused players of disrespecting the American flag in their protests over what they believe is systemic abuse by police against people of color
Meanwhile, Trump on Friday also said he will not invite either NBA Finals team to the White House.
The Golden State Warriors were poised to capture their second straight championship Friday with a commanding 3-0 lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“I didn’t invite [Cavaliers forward] LeBron James and I didn’t invite [Warriors point guard] Steph Curry. We’re not going to invite either team,” Trump said.
“But we have other teams that are coming. If you look, we had Alabama — national champion. We had Clemson, national champion. We had the New England Patriots. We had the Pittsburgh Penguins last year.”
The president also said he believed the Washington Capitals — who clinched their first Stanley Cup title with a 4-3 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night – will visit the White House.
“I think we’ll have the Caps. We’ll see,” Trump told reporters Friday. “You know, my attitude is if they want to be here, the greatest place on Earth, I’m here. If they don’t want to be here, I don’t want them.”
On Friday, the president also said he is considering pardoning some 3,000 people, including boxing great Muhammad Ali, whose conviction for refusing to be drafted during the Vietnam War was later thrown out by the Supreme Court.
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