Trump says he told Pence to leave NFL game if players kneeled

Right: AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta; Left: Photo, Mike Pence, White House)

President Donald Trump says he was the one who told Vice President Mike Pence to leave the Indianapolis Colts' game he was attending if players kneeled during the National Anthem Sunday.

Pence announced he was leaving the Colts match up against the San Francisco 49ers after multiple 49ers players knelt during the National Anthem.

Later, Trump tweeted that he was the one behind the move.

"I asked [Vice President] Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country," Trump said in the social media post. "I am proud of him and [Second Lady] Karen."

Pence had tweeted earlier in the day that he was excited to watch Colts legend Peyton Manning have his number retired and get inducted into the team's ring of honor.

But according to NBC's Peter Alexander, reporters were notified there could be a "early departure from the game."

It was also pointed out by those on social media that Pence used an old picture from 2014 in that post.

Pence later released the following statement on his actions.

"While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I don't think it's too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem," Pence added in another tweet.

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