CNN's Chris Cuomo accused President Trump of promoting racial tension in his criticism of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.
"I think [NFL owners] are afraid of their players," Trump told Pete Hegseth earlier today.
Cuomo, the brother of Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.), objected to Trump's statement, saying his language was "ugly" and that he is creating a "false issue."
"He created this issue to foment racial tension," Cuomo said of Trump publicly objecting to kneeling during the national anthem.
"He's setting up the ugliest kind of tension," he said. "Like, he's saying 'control your dog,' to the [team] owners."
Cuomo added that he expected to hear from angry Trump supporters on Twitter but that he had to call out the president for "cheapening" real issues to settle "a political score."
Trump doubled down on his NFL statements in his Fox & Friends interview Thursday morning.
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