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First call: Trump takes digs at NFL, ESPN over national anthem

September 10, 2018 GMT

You knew this was coming

President Donald Trump had a rally in West Virginia on Tuesday as news was coming out about Michael Cohen’s plea deal and Paul Manafort’s conviction on charges of fraud and financial misdealings.

He did what he always does in such situations: redirect the discussion to the NFL anthem policy.

“Unlike the NFL, you always honor and cherish our great American flag,” Trump said. “It was just announced by ESPN that rather than defending our anthem, our beautiful, beautiful national anthem and defending our flag, they’ve decided that they just won’t broadcast when they play the national anthem. We don’t like that.”