President Trump wants to rush the pockets of the National Football League, and has a particular ESPN journalist he would like to sack.
“Why is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country? Change tax law!” the commander-in-chief posted on Twitter Tuesday morning, also taking aim at suspended ESPN host Jemele Hill.
“With Jemele Hill at the mike, it is no wonder ESPN ratings have ‘tanked,’ in fact, tanked so badly it is the talk of the industry!” he said.
Hill was suspended Monday after speaking out against Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones telling his players to stand for the anthem, weeks after she called Trump a white supremacist.
The White House said at the time that the first comment was a “fireable offense,” and Trump posted on Twitter then that ESPN should “apologize for untruth” after suffering because of its politics.
Trump did not call out Hill by name during the first controversy.
“Change tax law!” President Donald Trump said.
Tuesday’s tweets were the latest salvo Trump’s lashing out at the nation’s top football league, which he slammed last month for not firing players who kneel in police brutality protests during the national anthem.
The protests were started by last year by the San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick, who is unsigned this season.
It was not immediately clear what tax breaks the President was referring to, though Republican lawmakers did propose measures targeting the NFL after Trump first tried to tackle the organization.
The administration at the NFL League Office, not the individual teams, was previously criticized for claiming status as a tax-exempt non-profit trade association.
It announced in April 2015 that it was giving up the status, though the individual teams do still receive large tax breaks from states and cities.
New Orleans Saints players and team kneel prior to a game against the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium on October 1.
(Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Last month Republican state legislators in Louisiana cited the anthem protests when asking for a review on tax breaks for the New Orleans Saints, who derive $ 165 million of their $ 1.5 billion value from the measures, according to The Times-Picayune.
Trump’s NFL tweets were not the only vague missive that he fired off Tuesday morning, adding another about a measure that he said would quickly get people needed medical care.
“Since Congress can’t get its act together on HealthCare, I will be using the power of the pen to give great HealthCare to many people – FAST,” he posted.
Trump said last month that he would soon sign an executive order on healthcare, though it is unclear what would be included.
Recent reports have said that it would relax restrictions from Affordable Care Act that mandated insurance plans to cover certain essential benefits or allow Americans to buy insurance across state lines.