Vice President Mike Pence shook the news after making an exit at an NFL game in Indiana, having previously attended an event. The reason was that the players of the 49ers decided to kneel before the national anthem.
Shortly after, Pence released a statement, saying:
I left today’s Colts game because POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.
President Trump supported Pence’s move:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2017
Media outlets were quick to declare the move a “political stunt” and that the trip was in vain. Some reports even suggested the trip was worth more than $200,000. The vice president’s office dismissed these claims, and that the VP has already put Indiana on his schedule.
White House Press Secretary, Sarah Sanders, faced the media’s wrath regarding the matter with bombarding questions directed at her. However, she handled it like a pro:
“Is it appropriate for the vice president of the United States to spend taxpayer money to go to a football game where he’s going to walk out if players take a knee, knowing he would be taking that action?”
“I think it’s appropriate. The vice president was invited. He attended that game. I think it’s always appropriate for the leaders of our country to stand up for the national anthem, to stand up for our flag, and to stand up for the men and women who fought and died for it.”