President Trump asks National Football League players to suggest pardons

President Trump asks National Football League players to suggest pardons

"I think initially I totally supported the players in what they were doing, because it's America - people should be able to really speak about their choices and show them [in] doing that", Ross said.

"I'm going to ask them to recommend to me people who were unfairly treated", Trump said at the White House Friday.

Trump on Friday also said he was considering pardoning Muhammad Ali for refusing to be inducted into the draft for the Vietnam War.

The president's comments came during an exchange with reporters at the White House before departing for the G-7 summit in Ontario.

The deposition list is part of a grievance case filed by Kaepernick against the NFL which claims that the NFL blacklisted him after he spearheaded the National Anthem protests that have sparked controversy around the nation.

This week, Trump disinvited the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles team from attending a White House ceremony because the majority of players were going to boycott the visit.

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Players will be permitted to remain in the locker room during the anthem if they so choose. And I'm going to take a look at those applications... The goal of those subpoenas, sources told Yahoo Sports, will likely be obtaining testimony that would flesh out political pressure on the league regarding Kaepernick and players who declined to stand during the national anthem.

Meanwhile, a Quinnpiac University poll released Thursday found most American voters believe that NFL players who kneel in protest during the national anthem are not unpatriotic. He's fired. He's fired!' " Trump said at the rally, according to Yahoo Sports.

"Friends of theirs or people that they know about".

Now, all eyes are on the G7 summit as the world watches Trump meet with fellow global leaders after saying he thinks Russian Federation should be reinstated to the leading group of industrialized nations. A new National Football League policy requires players to either stand on the field for the anthem or remain in the locker room, with teams facing a penalty if their players do not comply. There has also been a longtime push in the black community to pardon Assata Shakur, a member of the Black Liberation Army, who was convicted of murdering a state trooper in 1978.

Trump also used the press conference to discuss commuting the sentence of Alice Johnson, who received a life sentence more than 20 years ago for her role in a drug trafficking operation.