U.S. President Donald Trump on field during the national anthem prior to the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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He's been critical of athletes kneeling during the National Anthem

His arrival was met with a mixed reaction from fans

Washington CNN  — 

President Donald Trump walked onto the field and stood with members of the military for the National Anthem at the college football national championship game Monday night in Atlanta. The President stood with his hand over his heart, singing along to parts of the anthem.

The players, as is normal in college football, were not yet on the field for the anthem. The President then smiled and waved as he walked off the field.

The game between the University of Georgia and the University of Alabama was at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Trump, who has criticized professional athletes for kneeling during the National Anthem, appeared in good spirits on the field Monday – and then after the anthem, he left to take his seat for the game.

Hours earlier, in a Nashville speech, Trump again criticized athletes who kneel during the anthem to protest police brutality.

“There’s plenty of space for people to express their views and to protest, but we love our flag and we love our anthem and we want to keep it that way,” Trump told people at an annual gathering at the American Farm Bureau.

When the President was arriving in his motorcade, football fans who had been waiting outside the stadium had a mixed reaction.