"I just don't like the reports that I look to do with football – it's a dangerous sport and I think it is – I am – it's very hard, I thought the equipment would be The helmets have become much better, but it hasn't solved the problem, "Trump added.
"Then you know – I hate to say it because I love to watch football. I think the NFL is a good product, but I really believe that as far as my son – I have heard NFL players say they wouldn't let their sons play football, so it's not quite unique, but I – I would have a hard time. "
Barron, 12, is more interested in football anyway, Trump said.
The NFL has attempted to solve the problem by changing its rules to punish the most violent helmet-to-helmet hits and create standard protocols for the treatment of head injuries. But the rule changes can only do so much in a sport that is about powerful and fast-paced people who slam into each other.
Later in the CBS interview, Trump was also asked about NFL players such as Colin Kaepernick, who have broken under the national anthem as protest against police brutality.
"I think when you want to protest, I think it's good. But I don't think you do it for our sake, for the sake of our national anthem," he said.
He said he understood the motivation for the protest and pointed to his work by implementing a law reform law. His kneeling problem, he said, was the place and time of it.
"I think people must respect our flag at all times and always respect our networks – ours – our national anthem and our country. And I think there are plenty of places and times you can protest, and you can do a lot, but you can't do it. "That is my opinion," said Trump.