President Donald Trump confirmed that he ordered Vice President Mike Pence to leave Sunday’s game between the Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers if any players protested during the National Anthem.
Some of them did, so the vice president walked out.
While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I don't think it's too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem
— Vice President Pence (@VP) October 8, 2017
Social media users weren’t fooled, and called out Pence for attending the game at taxpayer expense for what appeared to be a political stunt.
The president confirmed their suspicions a short time later in his own tweet.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2017
Pence flew back to Indiana after visiting Las Vegas on Saturday, and he will fly back to California to attend four fundraisers this week.