WATCH: Trump on a potential Kaepernick return “If he deserves it, he should”

Yahoo reports as the political tides around Colin Kaepernick are shifting, President Donald Trump is once again weighing in.

And his words may come as a surprise.

In an interview with WJLA’s Scott Thuman on Wednesday, Trump said that he would “absolutely” support Colin Kaepernick’s return to the NFL.

“If he deserves it, he should,” Trump said when asked if Kaepernick should get another shot in the NFL. “If he has the playing ability. He started off great, and then he didn’t end up very great in terms of a player. He was terrific in his rookie year. I think he was very good in his second year. And then something happened. So his playing wasn’t up to snuff.

“The answer is absolutely I would. As far as kneeling, I would love to see him get another shot. But obviously he has to be able to play well. If he can’t play well, I think it would be very unfair.”

While Trump leans on the assertion that Kaepernick’s playing ability was the reason he hasn’t been able to find NFL work, Wednesday’s statement is a far cry from “get that son of a bitch off the field.”