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President Trump on Sunday said he asked Vice President Mike Pence to leave the Colts football game if any players knelt for the national anthem Sunday and said he was "proud of him" and the second lady.

The vice president and his wife Karen tweeted that he left during the Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers game after players knelt for the anthem.

"I left today's Colts game because President Trump and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem," Pence said in a statement, adding that he will "always stand for our Flag and our National Anthem."

"At a time when so many Americans are inspiring our nation with their courage, resolve, and resilience, now, more than ever, we should rally around our Flag and everything that unites us."

On Sunday, CBS reported that Colin Kaepernick, the former 49ers quarterback who started the anthem boycotts to protest racism in America said he would stand for the anthem if he got another chance to play in the NFL.

Trump drew attention to the controversy when he called for team owners to fire any "son of a b****" who kneels during the anthem.

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