Donald Trump says protesting National Football League players should 'be cool!'

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Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback De'Vante Bausby raised their fists during the anthem.

This news made its way to President Donald Trump, and it didn't take long for him to send out a couple of tweets on Friday morning that were very clear with their message.

The NFL released a statement reiterating that it remains in conversation with the players union over the protests. And in Miami, two Dolphins - Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson - took a knee.

"Look at my website, look at my Twitter, look at all my social media platforms, and I think you'll get a better idea of why we are doing what we are doing".

In a second tweet, Trump claimed that "Most of the money goes to the players anyway", but there is no proof that is true.

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In a statement, the NFL said that they continued to discuss the National Anthem with the players and "issues of equality and social justice".

The rule would have fined teams whose players protested during the anthem, but allowed the teams the choice to wait in the locker room or tunnel while the anthem was performed.

The NFL's regular season is a month away, but players are already defying the league's new policy banning peaceful protests during the national anthem.

But plenty of Americans are still upset that NFL players are choosing the national anthem as their means of protest, saying they'll be boycotting the NFL.

Several NFL players knelt, raised fists or simply refused to take the field during the playing of the national anthem as a controversial protest against police brutality dragged into the 2018 preseason.

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"It's a personal thing and I don't want to get into it, but everyone has their own beliefs in certain things", Fournette said after the game. "I was very, very encouraged at the end of previous year with the direction that I thought the players were going with the league".

In Jacksonville, four Jaguars remained in the locker room during the national anthem, and team officials said it would be up to the players to explain why they weren't on the field. He and Albert Wilson took a knee behind their teammates.

The NFL says it's anthem policy is on hold while it holds discussions with the NFL Players Association. I don't really like the word "protest" because when people hear the word "protest" they think of it in a negative way.

"We remain committed to working with the players to identify solutions and to continue making progress on important social issue affecting our communities".

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