His tweet came about 10 minutes after a segment on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends” on the controversy in the left-leaning suburb of Minneapolis.
Protesters packed the room at a heated meeting on Monday night where council members talked about the possibility of reversing last month’s decision but ultimately decided the issue needs more study, according to local reports.
In discussion before their initial vote to discontinue the pledge, council members said they thought it would help make everyone feel comfortable at their bimonthly meetings. Some suggested the pledge could intimidate new immigrants at a time of heightened political polarization.
Protesters who showed up Monday night took a different view.
“A lot of our culture is based on traditions. The Pledge of Allegiance, being patriots, is a part of that,” Jack Dunn, a military veteran, told television reporters.
Tuesday was not the first time Trump has weighed in on local matters.
Shortly after he was elected in 2016, he responded to reports that a college in western Massachusetts had decided to stop flying all flags, including U.S. flags, after someone there burned one to protest his election victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.
On Twitter, Trump threatened the loss of citizenship or jail for those who burn the American flag, saying such protests — which the Supreme Court has declared to be free speech — should carry “consequences.”
No such consequences have since been enacted into law.
Antonia Noori Farzan contributed to this report.