Trump Tackles Flag-Happy Football Refs Who ‘Want to Get Themselves in the Limelight’

By Craig Bannister | January 17, 2020 | 3:12pm EST
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"Too many flags. You know, the referees," President Donald Trump declared Friday to the coach and players of the Louisiana State University (LSU) Tigers as he hosted the 2019 college football champions at the White House.

At the White House reception celebrating LSU's 42-25 win over Clemson University in the College Football Playoff National Championship, Pres. Trump recalled LSU highlights from the game - including one he felt shouldn't have been called back due to a penalty.

"As usual," the referees called back the great play, because they want to put themselves in the limelight, Trump quipped:

"And, you made that great play, and they called it back, as usual.

"You then made the great pass, he’s all over the place. He was going to be tackled four times, like on the first play, and you threw the ball and everybody was excited – then, they said, ‘There’s a flag on the field.’

"Too many flags, coach, right? Too many flags. You know, the referees – they want to get themselves in the limelight.

"That was a play that should not have been called back. But, that’s alright."

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