President Trump instructed White House officials to look for ways to use the GOP tax law to punish the NFL for allowing players to kneel during the national anthem, according to a report from The Washington Post.
Aides reportedly began researching ways to punish the league, and those ideas made their way to Capitol Hill.
A White House official told the Post that Trump’s ideas were never implemented and described his orders more as “venting.”
At a campaign-style rally last fall, Trump called for NFL owners to fire “son of a bitch” players who don’t stand for the song before kickoff.
In October, Trump tweeted: “Why is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country? Change tax law!”
Why is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country? Change tax law!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2017
The Post’s report comes after Trump on Monday disinvited the Philadelphia Eagles from the White House, citing protests during the national anthem last season.
“The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow. They disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country,” Trump said in a statement late Monday.
“The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better,” he continued.