The Packers before their game against the Bengals. (Getty Images)
The Colts before their game against the Browns. (USA Today Sports)
The Browns before going on the field against the Colts. (AP)
Vikings defensive back Harrison Smith (22) locks arms with general manager Rick Spielman, owner Mark Wilf and owner Ziggy Wilf. (USA Today Sports)
The Patriots before playing the Texans. (AP)
The Broncos before facing the Bills. (USA Today Sports)
The Dolphins before playing the Jets. (USA Today Sports)
After a three-day campaign by President Trump to “fire or suspend” players who kneel to protest police violence, athletes and team officials demonstrated by locking arms on the sidelines — some taking a knee, others standing, all during the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” This afternoon, Trump responded to their actions on Twitter: “Standing with locked arms is good, kneeling is not acceptable.”
With Senate GOP leaders just one “no” vote away from defeat, Sen. Susan Collins said that it was “very difficult” to envision voting for the bill. Sen. Ted Cruz said he and a colleague were not ready to back the measure, either.
If the results are confirmed, they would vindicate Angela Merkel’s emphasis on her nation’s stability and economic prosperity at a time of upheaval elsewhere. But the apparent surge in support for the far right reflected the lingering resentment among some toward her 2015 decision to welcome more than a million asylum seekers amid the European refugee crisis.
Although China is widely viewed as the key to solving the conflict, experts say its influence over Pyongyang has never been lower. While it agreed to a stiff new sanctions, China is not prepared to do anything that might bring down the regime — and North Korea’s leaders know it.