If you look on social media, it seems like everyone has a strong stance with how they feel about NFL football players taking a knee during the Star-Spangled Banner.
A reporter reached out to ask Mattis his take on the situation.
Q: Do you have anything to say about the NFL being someone who has served in the military?
A: SEC. MATTIS: I’m the secretary of defense. We defend the country.
Reporter: Do you have anything to say about the NFL?
SEC. MATTIS: I’m the secretary of defense. We defend the country.
— Travis J. Tritten (@Travis_Tritten) September 25, 2017
The interview took place on Sunday so Mattis could discuss his upcoming trip to India.
He’s been known to give short, direct answers.
Earlier this year, he was asked: “What keeps you up at night?”
Mattis answered, “Nothing, I keep other people awake at night.”
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