When Sanders was addressing another reporter, Ryan interjected to ask if President Donald Trump is “aware that [taking a knee] is about police-involved shootings and not about disrespecting the flag,” as Sanders had previously answered.
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Once Sanders began to answer, Ryan interrupted again. Sanders then scolded Ryan.
“I let you rudely interrupt me and your colleague,” Sanders said. “I'm going to ask that you allow me to finish my answer. I would be happy to answer it if you would stop talking long enough to let me do that.”
Sanders explained that the president “has made his position crystal clear on this topic, he feels strongly that standing for our national anthem is something that we should do. [...] He's not going to waver on that, and he's not going to apologize for it.”
Sanders also added that “more than 70 percent of Americans agree with him on that matter.”
Ryan continued to hound Sanders on the topic of police shootings, and Sanders attempted to move on to another reporter's question.
“April, I've addressed your question. I'm not going to continue to engage with you,” Sanders said.
“Will the president deal with the issue of police-involved shootings?” Ryan asked.
“I'm going to deal with the issue of addressing your colleague's question,” Sanders responded.