Trump applauds Cowboys owner for anthem stance

Jerry Jones says Cowboys players should stand

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President Donald Trump during a cabinet meeting on July 18, 2018.

President Donald Trump is applauding Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' stance on the national anthem.

Trump voiced his support of Jones on Friday morning by retweeting White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino Jr., who had tweeted a link to a Fox Business story about the issue.

"Way to go Jerry," Trump wrote in his retweet. "This is what the league should do!"

At a Wednesday news conference to mark the start of the Cowboys training camp in Oxnard, California, Jones said the team's stance on the national anthem has always been for players to stand.

"Our position is very clear in that you should stand," Jones said.

However, he also said that Trump's comments on players protesting during the anthem has proved "problematic" for the NFL and its owners.

"His interest in what we're doing is problematic from my chair, and I would say in general the owners' chair," Jones said. "It's unprecedented if you really think about it. Yes I would like -- everybody would like -- for it to go away."

The NFL is currently working with the NFL Players Association to iron out rules around the national anthem after the union filed a grievance over new rules that require players and personnel on the field to stand during the anthem.

However, that rule change also allowed players to choose to stay in the locker room during the anthem while also allowing teams to set their own rules regarding protests.

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