A group of American soccer players on Wednesday called on President Donald Trump to call off any plans for protests during the national anthem, as the number of Americans protesting during the anthem in the United States has more than doubled in recent weeks.

“We are not going to sit idly by while people are treated like they are animals,” said USSF President Sunil Gulati, who also said in a statement that the USSF is “deeply concerned about the rise in violence and police brutality that has taken place in the US, particularly since the death of Michael Brown”.

“As the US and other countries strive to heal from this historic crisis, we must come together as a country to address the issues of race and justice,” he said.

Trump, who took office in January, has repeatedly denounced the protests and urged people not to engage in them.

In response to a question about protests in the U.K., Trump told reporters he is “not going to be involved”.

But he added that he was “open to discussions” about protests during other national holidays, such as Christmas and the Fourth of July.

Trump also said during a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday that the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union had helped to spark the protests, and that he is considering an extension of the UK’s membership in the EU.

Trump’s comments have sparked a backlash, with the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) calling on Trump to retract his remarks.

Trump has said he does not condone the violence that has been committed in the past and that protests were “not a good look” and he did not “want to see anything like that in the future”.

Trump has also said he wants to have an open conversation with black Americans.

Trump was asked about the protests on Wednesday, during a visit to the University of Minnesota where he was meeting with students.

The president said he was going to meet with a group of students at the university, which is in the Minneapolis suburb of St. Paul.

“They’re very upset about the way they’re being treated, and they’re really trying to figure out what they can do,” Trump said.

“And I have a feeling that there’s a lot of discussion going on right now on how we’re going to fix this, and what’s happening in the world.”

Trump was also asked about a group called Black Lives Matter, which has been a leading voice in calling for protests in response to the deaths of black men at the hands of police.

He said it was a “great name” for protests, but he was not “going to be taking part in it”.

“We’re going in there and we’re taking care of business,” he added.

The US has seen a rise in deaths at the hand of police officers, with at least 17 people shot dead by police officers since the beginning of the year.

Trump had called for the “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United State”, and has said that Muslims should be barred from entering the country.