In the buildup to the Super Bowl, President Trump gave an interview to Margaret Brennan of CBS News for broadcast Sunday on Face the Nation. Brennan asked Trump a question that Inside Higher Ed has noticed that colleges and university presidents with football teams don't like to be asked: Would you let your son play football?
Trump is a big fan of football. Here is the transcript of that part of the interview:
Brennan: Would you let your son Barron play football?
President Trump: It's very -- it's very tough question. It's a very good question. If he wanted to? Yes. Would I steer him that way? No, I wouldn't.
President Trump: I wouldn't. And he actually plays a lot of soccer. He's liking soccer. And a lot of people, including me, thought soccer would probably never make it in this country, but it really is moving forward rapidly. I -- I just don't like the reports that I see coming out having to do with football -- I mean, it's a dangerous sport and I think it's -- I -- it's -- really tough, I thought the equipment would get better, and it has. The helmets have gotten far better, but it hasn't solved the problem. So, you know I, I hate to say it because I love to watch football. I think the NFL is a great product, but I really think that as far as my son, well, I've heard NFL players saying they wouldn't let their sons play football. So. It's not totally unique, but I would have a hard time with it.