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President Trump's Message On Super Bowl LII Includes Mention Of Standing For Anthem

President Trump sings the national anthem.

President Donald Trump released a message prior to Super Bowl LII.

The issue of NFL players protesting inequality and racial issues by kneeling during the national anthem has been a frequently mentioned topic for President Trump.

He set off a firestorm in September when he referred to kneeling players as "sons of bitches" and said they should be fired. He's also said the NFL should have suspended Colin Kaepernick when he began protesting during the anthem in 2016.

Additionally, Trump has frequently tweeted about the national anthem and said players should be required to stand.

Therefore, it should come as no surprise that in a message before today's Super Bowl LII, Trump included mention of standing for the anthem. It was in relation to service members who are unable to be home with their families to watch tonight's game.

"We hold them in our hearts and thank them for our freedom as we proudly stand for the National Anthem," reads part of Trump's statement.

You can see Trump's full statement below.

For what it's worth, we don't anticipate any players kneeling for the anthem before tonight's game.

The Super Bowl will kick off on NBC at approximately 6:30 p.m. ET.