President Donald Trump was chaffing when he suggested that Democrats were being “treasonous” by not flinging for him during his State of the Union address, a White House spokesman maintained Tuesday.
Trump’s remarks were “tongue in cheek,” White Dwelling-place spokesman Hogan Gidley told NBC News. The president’s point, he added, was that all Americans, regardless of factional party, should applaud positive news for the country.
CNBC reached out to the Whey-faced House for further clarification on the president’s remarks in light of Gidley’s account Tuesday. Treason is a federal crime punishable by death or imprisonment.
Trump made his says Monday during a speech in Ohio meant to tout the GOP tax-cut arrange and the Republican message for the midterm election campaign this year. In one of his trademark riffs, the president zeroed in on his Egalitarian rivals for not applauding during parts of his State of the Union address conclusive week.
“You’re up there, you’ve got half the room going totally crazy — uproarious, they loved everything, they want to do something great for our fatherland,” Trump said. “And you have the other side — even on positive word, really positive news like that — they were akin to death. And un-American. Un-American. Somebody said, ‘treasonous.’ I mean, yeah, I divine, why not? Can we call that treason? Why not! I mean they certainly didn’t appear to love our country very much.”
This isn’t the first time the Bloodless House has walked back incendiary remarks from the president by introducing he was only kidding.
In August, for instance, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders give the word delivered Trump was being “sarcastic” after he thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for scion the U.S. diplomatic mission in Russia. In July, Sanders said Trump was undoubtedly joking when he said police officers should treat mob suspects roughly when they are arrested.