Pence leaves Colts game after players kneel

Vice President Mike Pence walked out of the NFL game after San Francisco 49ers' players knelt during the national anthem and President Trump took credit for the walkout in a tweet.
1:54 | 10/09/17

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We turn to the battle between the white house and NFL. Vice president pence walking out of that colts game in Indianapolis when the players from the San Francisco 49ers knelt during the national anthem. To Mary Bruce on the hill with reaction pouring in. Good morning. Reporter: Good morning, David. The white house seems to relish this fight and appears to want to keep it going, again, they are reigniting this debate over the national anthem. The vice president yesterday taking that stand to oppose players who take a knee and the president says, it was all his idea. As players from the San Francisco 49ers took a knee during the national anthem Sunday, vice president Mike pence staged a protest of his own. The vice president who flew from Las Vegas to Indianapolis for Sunday's game standing with his hand on his heart but soon after he and his wife abruptly left the stadium. Then h@e tweeted this. I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our flag or our national anthem but it wasn't an impromptu protest. An aide says pence planned to leave all along if players took a knee. And president trump is taking credit for the walkout. Tweeting, I asked vp pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled. I am proud of him. Many 49ers are known for doing exactly that. Their former quarterback Colin Kaepernick started it last season and Eric Reid calls his actions a pr stunt. He knew our team and most players protest. He knew that we were progress going to do it again. Reporter: This morning some are asking was it worth it. One democratic congressman saying after all the scandals involving unnecessarily expensive travel by cabinet secretaries, how much taxpayer money was wasted on this stunt? Now, we've asked the white house about those criticisms and questions about the expense of the vice president's appearance, but, David, so far no response.

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