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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during the daily press briefing, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Press Secretary Sanders denied that Trump's focus on NFL protests is racially motivated



White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders held a press briefing Monday afternoon, just a day after numerous NFL protests.

Sanders took multiple questions from reporters regarding this weekend's NFL protests.

She said it's "always appropriate" for the president of the United States to defend the national anthem, flag, constitution and military service members.

"Look, I certainly don't think that talking about the American flag is a distraction for the United States," Sanders said.

She went on to suggest that the focus of the national anthem protests has changed since former San Francisco 49ers' quarterback Colin Kaepernick started taking a knee ahead of games last year.

She said that if the purpose of the protests is truly to bring attention to police brutality, it doesn't make sense to disrespect the flag and the national anthem.

Instead, she suggested it would make more sense to protest the officers on the field who are protecting the athletes. She later clarified, noting that she was not suggesting that NFL players should focus their protests on the officers in the stadium.

Sanders also said Trump's focus on the national anthem protests had nothing to do with race.

"The president is not talking about race, he's talking about pride in our country," Sanders said.

Multiple reporters questioned whether President Donald Trump's focus on the NFL protests were taking time away from his legislative agenda.

"It really doesn't take that long to type out 140 characters," Sanders responded, later noting what the president had focused his efforts on over the weekend.

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