The odds are stacked against Donald Trump, but he is not letting the odds deter him.
| AP Photo Trump: I’ve lost the ‘Biggest Game of All Time’ on Twitter This article | President Donald Trump said he will not take the ‘Super Bowl’ as a trophy off the table.
“I have never said I would not take it off the field, but I’m going to fight for it,” Trump said Tuesday on “Fox & Friends.”
“I’ve won the biggest game of them all.”
Trump was speaking to a crowd of cheering supporters after winning Super Bowl LI on Feb. 7.
But the president did not mention Super Bowl XLVI, which was played in Houston on Feb 10.
Trump did not win either game, either, so he could not be expected to concede the game.
“No, I won’t,” Trump responded when asked if he would accept the trophy.
“It’s a big, big trophy.”
Trump’s comments on the “Super Bowl” were a response to the NFL, which last week announced it was suspending the national anthem, which is played at most games, to protest police brutality.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who led the league during the protests, said that he “disagreed” with Trump’s decision to boycott the game, and that he did not believe the protests were in the best interest of the league.
“I think it was a very unfortunate decision that Mr. Trump made.
But it’s the best decision that we could have made,” Goodell said.
“We are not going to make it the only way.
We’re not going take a knee.
We are not kneeling.
I don’t think it is a decision that is in the interest of our players.
We do not take a kneel, and I don, I don´t think it’s a decision in the national interest.”
The league, which has become a flashpoint in national politics, has received criticism for its handling of the protests.
It has come under fire for its slow response to protests and for its failure to condemn white supremacists.
Goodell has defended the league’s handling of protests, saying he believes “there is an unspoken trust” between players and the NFL.
“They want to make sure that everybody feels that they are being heard and that their voices are being respected,” Goodell told reporters Tuesday.
“That is why they want to keep the game going.”
But Trump said it was “very, very sad” that the league has not yet publicly condemned white supremacists and neo-Nazis.
“Our league has been totally silent.
I mean, the league just doesn’t want to say anything, but it is very, very, sad,” Trump told reporters.
“The NFL, as a league, should be ashamed of itself.
This is a league that should be getting together and talking about how they are going to address the problem.
This has to stop.”
Trump, who is the first sitting president to take the oath of office after his inauguration, had said he would not accept the Super Bowl as a “trophy” if he lost.
“Well, if you want to take it, I will take it,” he said.