In the interview with Fox, Trump took credit for creating the issue, but said “the people” were the ones who “pushed it forward.”
The new NFL policy states that all players and officials on the field must stand during the national anthem, or choose to stay in the locker room while the song is played.
Any team that allows players to kneel on the field could face fines.
Controversy over NFL players who kneel during “The Star Spangled Banner” started in 2016, when former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand in order to protest police brutality against minorities.
The protests grew, prompting Trump to call the kneeling “disgraceful” in statements during a joint press conference with the Spanish prime minister in 2017.