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Trump Stands By NFL Comments, Insists He Wasn’t Distracted From Hurricane Relief

President Trump speaks during a corner news discussion with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy during a Rose Garden of a White House on Tuesday.

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President Trump speaks during a corner news discussion with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy during a Rose Garden of a White House on Tuesday.

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President Trump shielded his high-profile debate opposite NFL players who kneel during a inhabitant anthem and insisted it hasn’t dreaming him from whirly service efforts in Puerto Rico.

“To me, a NFL conditions is a really critical situation,” Trump pronounced Tuesday during a news conference. “I have copiousness of time on my hands. All we do is work.”

Trump complained about protesting football players during a debate convene in Alabama on Friday. Since then, he has tweeted or retweeted on a theme some-more than 20 times.

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Meanwhile, scarcely 3.5 million American adults in Puerto Rico continue to onslaught in a issue of Hurricane Maria, that knocked out a island’s electric grid.

“The administrator of Puerto Rico is so grateful for a good pursuit that we’re doing,” Trump said, indicating to efforts by FEMA and a military.

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The boss argued that it has been some-more formidable to broach food, H2O and other reserve to Puerto Rico than it was to strech victims in Texas or Florida after progressing storms.

“It’s on an island in a center of an ocean,” Trump said. “You can’t only expostulate your trucks there from other states.”

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Trump pronounced he skeleton to revisit Puerto Rico and a U.S. Virgin Islands subsequent Tuesday.

“The liberation routine will be a very, really formidable one,” Trump said. “We will get by this, and we will get by it together. We will be stronger. We will be bigger. We will be better.”

Trump insisted that a supervision is “totally focused” on whirly service efforts, even as he clinging time and appetite to crude a football protests — a debate that drew widespread pushback from a NFL over a weekend.

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“It doesn’t take me prolonged to put out a wrong and maybe we’ll get it right,” Trump said. “I consider it’s a really critical thing for a NFL to not concede people to kneel during a personification of a inhabitant anthem.”

The boss spoke during a Rose Garden news discussion following a assembly with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

Asked about a argumentative referendum Sunday on autonomy for a Spanish segment of Catalonia, Trump pronounced he hoped a nation would sojourn united.

“I consider it would be ridiculous not to,” Trump said. “You’re articulate about staying with a truly great, pleasing and really ancestral country.”