Mickey Rourke: Trump Is a 'Garbage Can' President Who Can't Be Trusted

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U.S. President Donald Trump holds a Make America Great Again rally in Olentangy Orange High School in Lewis Center, OH, U.S., August 4, 2018. On Monday, actor Mickey Rourke called Trump a "garbage can" president. Reuters/Leah Millis

Mickey Rourke has called Donald Trump a "garbage can" president, in an interview where he also defended NFL players who kneel during the national anthem to protest racism.

In an interview with TMZ on Monday, Rourke blasted the commander-in-chief and warned the public not to trust him.

"Everything he says is bullshit," he said. "So you can't trust nothing, you know what I'm saying?"

Rourke also compared Trump to the 18th President of the United States.

"I mean, Ulysses S. Grant was a shitty president. So every once in a while, you get a garbage can. We got a garbage can for a president," Rourke continued.

The actor then spoke about the NFL players who kneel during the national anthem at games to protest police brutality and racial inequality in America. "The football players who are sitting at halftime, I'd sit with them, too," he said. "As long as that garbage can's in the White House, I'm sitting."

Trump has repeatedly criticized NFL players who kneel during the national anthem, and at times has attempted to organize punishment for those who participate in the silent protest.

Last month, the president called for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to crack down on the players in a tweet where he noted that the executive makes $40 million a year.

"The NFL National Anthem Debate is alive and well again—can't believe it! Isn't it in contract that players must stand at attention, hand on heart? The $40,000,000 Commissioner must now make a stand. First time kneeling, out for game. Second time kneeling, out for season/no pay!" Trump tweeted.

The NFL National Anthem Debate is alive and well again - can’t believe it! Isn’t it in contract that players must stand at attention, hand on heart? The $40,000,000 Commissioner must now make a stand. First time kneeling, out for game. Second time kneeling, out for season/no pay!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 20, 2018

The NFL passed a policy in May that ordered all players and team personnel to "stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem" after two seasons of controversial kneeling protests. The policy held that players can remain in the locker room if they refuse to stand for "The Star-Spangled Banner."

However, last month the NFL announced that the policy was suspended until further notice, after the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) filed a grievance against the league.

"In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA's grievance and on the NFL's anthem policy," the NFL's statement said. "No new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks while these confidential discussions are ongoing."

"The NFL and NFLPA reflect the great values of America, which are repeatedly demonstrated by the many players doing extraordinary work in communities across our country to promote equality, fairness and justice," the statement continued. "Our shared focus will remain on finding a solution to the anthem issue through mutual, good faith commitments, outside of litigation."

Rourke, 65, is an American actor and screenwriter who is known for his roles in action, thriller and drama-type films, such as The Wrestler, Iron Man 2, Sin City and Angel Heart.