Trump says locked arms during national anthem are ‘good’ but kneeling ‘is not acceptable’

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in support of Sen. Luther Strange, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Huntsville, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

President Trump sent a tweet Sunday afternoon after NFL players locked arms or kneeled during the anthem in early games.

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Player protests were widespread in the NFL’s early games.

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin thinks pro football players lose their right to free speech once they don pads and take the field.

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The online ad features an image of Trump with his hand over his heart and the hashtag #TakeAStandNotAKnee.

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“I have a number of serious reservations about it,” the senator from Maine said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

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President Donald Trump appeared to preview his intentions as he spoke with reporters on the tarmac of a New Jersey airport Sunday, saying: ‘‘the tougher the better.’’

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On the campaign trail last year, then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump sought the support of black voters by asking them, “What the hell do you have to lose?”

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President Donald Trump will meet with major GOP donors for a private dinner on Tuesday in New York as part of a fundraising effort for the Republican National Committee.

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ANALYSIS

Trump’s fight with NFL takes culture war to perilous level

The president has flirted with many culture wars before. This weekend, he may have set off one with lasting implications.

Trump says he wants 15% corporate tax rate despite plan for 20%

Republican tax negotiators are targeting a corporate tax rate of 20 percent, according to two people familiar with the matter — but there’s at least one potential obstacle: President Trump.

Black lawmakers ponder Trump agenda at annual gathering

On the campaign trail last year, then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump sought the support of black voters by asking them, “What the hell do you have to lose?”

Ted Cruz says he’s against GOP health bill

If the Texas Republican sticks to that stand, GOP leaders will have little hope that their 11th-hour Senate push will survive.

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Evan Horowitz digs through data to find information that illuminates the policy issues facing Massachusetts and the US.