Trump doubles down, calls kneeling during anthem 'disgraceful'

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WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump defended his remarks about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem Tuesday and said those who do so are 'disgraceful.'

"I think it's very important for the NFL to not allow people to kneel during the playing of our national anthem," Trump said during a news conference outside the White House with the Spanish Prime Minister. 

The president appeared alongside the Spanish Prime Minister to announce sanctions against North Korea and summarize the partnership between Spain and the United States. 

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He was asked about his on-going war of wards against NFL players who have been taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem before games. 

On Friday, Trump called any player who does so a 'son of a bitch' during a campaign rally. 

Owners and players responded with support for one another Sunday by locking arms or kneeling during the playing of the anthem at games across the country. 

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