Trump skips parts of national anthem at football game

Donald Trump appears to forget the words to the national anthem

United States president Donald Trump got his own "national anthem" moment on Monday and received a mixed reception from football fans in America's conservative south, a partial rebuke on his political home turf. Hours before the game, Trump took to Twitter to tout the national anthem, saying the song, and the American flag, needed to be honored.

Before travelling to Atlanta from Tennessee on Monday afternoon, Trump tweeted, "We want our flag respected - and we want our NATIONAL ANTHEM respected also".

Some of the crowd is said to have booed when it appeared he was stumbling over the words at the College Football Playoff National Championship Game between Alabama and Georgia.

He then watched the game from a private box overlooking the Alabama sideline, before departing the stadium during half-time, as Georgia led Alabama 13-0.

After a quiet period on the issue, Trump revived his criticism of national anthem protest last week, tweeting a photo of a woman lying down on a military grave.

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But supporters praised the president for taking the field, hand on heart.

As he stood on the field alongside country music band Zac Brown Band and a gospel choir, the commander-in-chief appeared to mouth some of the lyrics to the anthem - and it didn't look like he knew what he was uttering.

He added to applause: "We want our national anthem respected, too".

Other users defended the president. However, the Atlanta branch of the NAACP encouraged people attending the game to wear white and wave white towels to show their disagreement with Trump's policies and statements.

Obviously Trump's critics were delighted and took to Twitter to gloat or simply express their astonishment. Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames.

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