President Donald Trump is praising the NFL's new national anthem policy.
During an interview with "Fox and Friends," Trump said, "You have to stand proudly for the national anthem. Or you shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there. Maybe you shouldn't be in the country."
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the new policy Wednesday.
It requires all players and league personnel on the field to stand during the national anthem or face a fine.
Personnel who don't wish to comply have the option to stay in the locker room until after the anthem is over.
Trump has repeatedly expressed his disapproval for players who kneel during the national anthem as a form of protest and called on the NFL to crack down on the practice.
But he refused to take credit for the league's new rule, saying, "I think the people pushed it forward."
Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.