Trump again blasts NFL over players kneeling during anthem

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said owners has not asked players to commit to standing during the anthem

FILE - At left, in a Feb. 1, 2017, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell answers questions during a news conference for the Super Bowl 51 football game, in Houston. At right, in an Oct. 7, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at the White House in Washington. NFL owners will meet next week to consider changes to a game manual that says players “should” stand during the national anthem, a guideline that the league has left to the discretion of players who kneeled in larger numbers after criticism from President Donald Trump. Commissioner Roger Goodell told club executives Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, in a memo obtained by The Associated Press that the anthem issue is dividing the league from its fans. He said the NFL needs “to move past this controversy.” (AP Photo/File)
FILE - At left, in a Feb. 1, 2017, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell answers questions during a news conference for the Super Bowl 51 football game, in Houston. At right, in an Oct. 7, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at the White House in Washington. NFL owners will meet next week to consider changes to a game manual that says players “should” stand during the national anthem, a guideline that the league has left to the discretion of players who kneeled in larger numbers after criticism from President Donald Trump. Commissioner Roger Goodell told club executives Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, in a memo obtained by The Associated Press that the anthem issue is dividing the league from its fans. He said the NFL needs “to move past this controversy.” (AP Photo/File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is again criticizing the NFL over players kneeling during the national anthem.

Trump said on Twitter early Wednesday that the “NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem.”

He adds, “Total disrespect for our great country!”

Trump appeared to be responding to the NFL annual fall meeting on Tuesday. The league invited players and representatives from their union to discuss social issues.

The topic of the national anthem was not discussed at length. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said owners did not ask players to commit to standing during the anthem.

In a follow-up tweet about the league later Wednesday, Trump said: “Too much talk, not enough action. Stand for the National Anthem.”

Trump has suggested the owners should “fire” any players who kneel during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”