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Trump says protesting NFL players should 'be cool!'

FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Olentangy Orange High School in Lewis Center, Ohio. Showtime will air a new documentary series from award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney examining the history of clashes between U.S. presidents and the FBI. The four-part series inspired by the book "Enemies: A History of the FBI" by Tim Weiner will debut Nov. 18, 2018, Showtime Networks chief David Nevins told TV critics' Monday, Aug. 6. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump is once again lashing out at football players who refuse to stand for the national anthem.

Trump claimed on Twitter Friday that "most of them are unable to define" what they're demonstrating against

Instead, Trump tweets players should "Be happy, be cool!"

Numerous player demonstrations took place during the national anthem at several early NFL preseason games Thursday night. Players have been protesting police killings of black men, social injustice and racism.

Trump writes from his New Jersey golf resort that players "make a fortune doing what they love" and that those who refuse to stand "proudly" for the anthem should be suspended without pay.

Trump has told associates that he believes the anthem issue is a winning one that riles up his base.

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