The policy forbids players from sitting or taking a knee on the field during the anthem but allows them to stay in the locker room.
"You have to stand proudly for the national anthem".
He added. "Maybe you shouldn't be in the country".
President Donald Trump has commented on the NFL's new rule against United States national-anthem protests, giving it his broad support and suggesting that players seeking to protest during the anthem should perhaps leave the US.
Goodell will impose "appropriate discipline" for those on the field who do not stand for the national anthem.
Trump said in the interview broadcast Thursday that he hadn't seen the new policy prior to his answer but "NFL owners did the right thing with that if that's what they've done".
Trump has derided players and team owners for the kneeling protests on multiple occasions, sparking a debate as to whether the protests were disrespectful of the USA military or an expression of First Amendment rights.
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On Wednesday, NFL owners approved the new policy. You shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there.
Trump's reaction was the president's first since NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Wednesday the league would fine teams and league personnel who do not "stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem".
One team owner told Breer that Trump's name came up a few times but never for an extended discussion, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones explained Trump's involvement in a similar way.
"The NFL chose to not consult the union in the development of this 'policy, ' the statement said".
Trump fueled the controversy further during a rally in Alabama in September when he said, "Wouldn't you love to see one of the National Football League owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say "Get that son of a b-- off the field right now"?"
Mr. Pence has long opposed the sideline protests, walking out of an Indianapolis Colts game in October over players who refused to stand for the national anthem. "I brought it out".
"I'm just proud of how our team handled it last year and in the past and I believe we'll all stay on the field this year", said quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.