Washington, Feb. 26 (Dow Jones) - US President Donald Trump has continued his attacks on the Football League (NFL) today and said that the parties' hearing has fallen as a result of protests when the anthem rings, and on the other hand accused North Korea of torture at a time of maximum tension with that country.
Trump dedicated his morning tunes back to the NFL, a topic he's been talking about for several days, as well as North Korea.
NFL game ratings are "on the ground, except before the game starts, when people tune in to see if our country will be respected or not," the president said in his Twitter account.
According to Trump, the "boo" recorded last night in the game that pitted the Dallas Cowboys with the Arizona Cardinals was "the loudest" he's ever heard.
During this final day of the NFL, teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks remained in the locker room while the national anthem was sung, while others made similar protests as they wrapped their arms around the ceremony.
All those gestures have come in rejection of some comments from Trump urging team owners to fire critical players who protest police violence against African Americans by placing a knee on the ground or interlocking their arms during the performance of anthem.
Trump has insisted that these protests have nothing to do with racism and have accused the players and teams who back them of lack of patriotism and respect for the flag.
This Monday, the Dallas Cowboys introduced a major breakthrough in the protest and was to get down on their knees, including their owner, Jerry Jones, but before the national anthem sounded and the US flag unfurled.
For the hymn ceremony, the members of the Cowboys stood with their arms intertwined.
In another tweet, Trump stressed today that "all" members of the Cowboys stood to hear the hymn. "Great progress is being made - we all love our country!" He said.
On the other hand, Trump also spoke on Twitter today to the young American Otto Warmbier, a student who traveled as a tourist to North Korea and ended up in a coma after being sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for trying to steal a propaganda poster.
Pyongyang released Warmbier last June in a coma and the young man died six days later in the US at the age of 22.
"Otto was tortured in an incredible way by North Korea," Trump said when referring to the interview the boy's parents gave Fox today, the first since his death.
Trump's comments come at a time of maximum bilateral tension, following the deployment of US bombers near Pyongyang's shores and after the North Korean foreign minister said Washington had declared "war" on his country.