President Trump just responded to the massive criticism that ensued after his attacks on protesting NFL players last Friday during a rally in Alabama during a joint press conference with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. On Tuesday, the President asserted that he is in no way preoccupied with the NFL players’ decision to kneel during the national anthem in protest to racial injustice in America while his administration is facing a humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico.
According to The Hill, Trump claimed: “I wasn’t preoccupied with the NFL, I was ashamed with what’s taking place.” Trump went on to say that the league should prohibit players from kneeling during the anthem, calling it “disgraceful.”
Trump explained: “I don’t think you can disrespect our country, our flag, our national anthem. To me, the NFL situation is a very important situation. I’ve heard that before about ‘was I preoccupied,’ not at all, not at all. I have plenty of time on my hands. All I do is work. And to be honest with you that’s an important part of working, it’s called respect of our country.”
Critics slammed Trump for focusing on the NFL protests instead of his administration’s response to Hurricane Maria, which has left most of Puerto Rico without water and electricity. However, the President said that he plans to travel to Puerto Rico next week to survey the damage and receive an update on the disaster-relief efforts. He also defended his administration’s efforts to send food and supplies to Puerto Rico. “Frankly, it is the most difficult job. It is on an island in the middle of the ocean. You can’t just drive your truck there from the other states,” he claimed.
Is Trump spending too much time focusing on the petty problems instead of helping those in need?