President Trump says he’s work-shopping a waiver for officer candidates who defer their military service so they can play for professional sports teams. Trump claimed Monday that he came up with the idea himself during the Army-Navy football game last fall. ‘I was so impressed when I was at the game, I mentioned this to the coach,’ he said at a Rose Garden ceremony for the West Point football team. ‘I am going to look into doing a waiver for service academy athletes who can get into the major leagues like the NFL, hockey, baseball. We’re going to see if we can do it. And they’ll serve their time after they’re finished with professional sports.’ Such a waiver existed until 2017, when Trump’s own Pentagon nixed it. The secretary of defense at the time, James Mattis, has since departed over differences with Trump.

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