President Donald Trump joined Clay Travis of “Outkick” on Fox Sports interview on Tuesday morning to discuss the reopening of many sports, especially football. While the 20-minute interview covered many topics ranging from Tom Brady, China and the NBA, COVID-19, and the media, Trump made it very clear that he wants to see sports continue, unless they decide to protest “our flag or our country.”
“If they don’t stand for the national anthem, I hope they don’t open,” President Trump said when asked about the NFL and their recent political statements. “They can protest in other ways. They shouldn’t protest our flag or our country.”
While Trump says that the federal government is working hard to partner with sports organizations such as the NFL and NBA to help them reopen, he says he doesn’t think those organizations and players involved should be so political.
“They have enough politics with guys like me, they don’t need more as they’re driving down and going up for a shot,” Trump said.
Trump wasn’t, however, afraid to get political by sharing his opinion on the Michael Jordan and LeBron James debate, claiming that Jordan is the better player, “plus, he wasn’t political so people like him better.”
Although he previously shared his opinions about college football reopening on Twitter, President Trump also reiterated the fact that he believes that the coaches and players deserve a season.
“They are just great people and they want to play football,” he said.
“This attacks older people very viciously, by the way. But these football players are very young, strong people physically. They’re not going to have a problem. Could it happen? I doubt it,” he added.
In addition to sports talk, Trump also shared his opinions on some of the most current issues on his plate with Travis.
When asked what he thinks about Joe Biden’s vice presidential selection process, Trump said that he would have navigated it differently, citing that “some people would say men are insulted” by the limitations Biden created in his deliberations.
“People don’t vote for the vice president,” he said. “In the end, I don’t think it’s going to matter [who he chooses]. Joe’s going to have to stand on his own two feet.”
Trump also vocalized his thoughts on China and the NBA, saying that their relationship is “a disgrace.”
“The way they cater to China, the way they bow to China, it’s a disgrace frankly,” he told Travis.
“We have a system that allows you to disrespect your system. Too bad for them, they don’t appreciate what they have here,” he added.
Trump also spoke on the United States’ relationship with China by claiming that while he and Chairman Xi used to have a relationship, “China has ripped off our country for 30 years” and that “if it wasn’t for us, they wouldn’t have China as you know it today.”