The president stood on the field during the National Anthem.
A mix of cheers and boos roared through Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, as President Donald Trump took the field before the College Football Playoff National Championship between the University of Alabama and University of Georgia on Monday night.
— George Marshalek (@MarshalekWSB) January 9, 2018
Trump walked on to the field before the start of the National Anthem, flanked by Alabama and Georgia ROTC members, gesturing to the stands. He stood with his hand on his heart on the field during the rendition sung by the Zac Brown Band, accompanied by a Georgia gospel choir, David Walker & High Praise.
— ABC News (@ABC) January 9, 2018
College players traditionally stay inside the locker rooms until after the National Anthem, so the the two teams vying for the championship weren’t on the field during Trump’s appearance. Trump has targeted the NFL and some of its players who have protested racial injustice by taking a knee during the National Anthem.
Trump referenced the protests, saying “we want our National Anthem respected, also” in a speech he made hours before kickoff during his address to the American Farm Bureau Federation Convention in Nashville.
We are fighting for our farmers, for our country, and for our GREAT AMERICAN FLAG. We want our flag respected – and we want our NATIONAL ANTHEM respected also! Read More Here