The Hill reports:
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Sunday defended President Trump’s attacks on NFL players who kneel during the national anthem, saying members of the league “can do free speech on their own time.”
“I think what the president is saying is that the owners should have a rule that players should have to stand in respect for the national anthem,” Mnuchin told ABC’s Martha Raddatz on “This Week.”
“This isn’t about Democrats, it’s not about Republicans, it’s not about race, it’s not about free speech. They can do free speech on their own time. That this is about respect for the military and first responders in the country,” he continued.
— CNN (@CNN) September 24, 2017
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) September 24, 2017
Mnuchin doubling down, calling on the NFL to… wait, why is the Treasury secretary telling the NFL to do anything? @CNNSotu
— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) September 24, 2017
On ABC, Mnuchin forcefully defends POTUS NFL comments: "They have the right to have their First Amendment off the field. This is a job."
— Sean Sullivan (@WaPoSean) September 24, 2017
Mnuchin says NFL has rule to tuck jersey in, so they should have a rule to stand during national anthem.
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) September 24, 2017
Mnuchin stands out among the current cabinet as the guy who most closely parrots Trump's positions. https://t.co/qIIx3rsS1X
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) September 24, 2017
Mnuchin is a big believer in doing things on your own time: take a govt plane on a honeymoon, take a govt plane to see an eclipse, instagram
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) September 24, 2017
Also Mnuchin, on Trump calling Kaepernick et al "son of a bitch": "The president can use whatever language he wants to use."
— Ted Mann (@TMannWSJ) September 24, 2017