President Trump said Monday that Vice President Pence is winning rave reviews for his decision to walk out of an NFL game after players kneeled during the national anthem.
"The trip by @VP Pence was long planned. He is receiving great praise for leaving game after the players showed such disrespect for country!" Trump tweeted Monday morning.
Trump took credit on Sunday for Pence's early departure from an Indianapolis Colts-San Francisco 49ers game in the former Indiana governor's home state.
"I asked @VP Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country. I am proud of him and @SecondLady Karen," Trump tweeted.
About 20 team members of the San Francisco team took a knee during the patriotic song.
Pence said he left the game because he and Trump "will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our flag, or our national anthem."
"At a time when so many Americans are inspiring our nation with their courage, resolve, and resilience, now, more than ever, we should rally around our flag and everything that unites us," Pence said in a statement.
Pence flew nearly across the country from the west to attend the game, then got back on Air Force Two and flew back to the west coast.