The White House says Trump was just kidding about that treason stuff

President Donald Trump.
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When President Trump casually proposed in a Monday speech that Democrats who did not clap for him during his State of the Union address are "treasonous," he was totes joking around, you guys!

So says White House representative Hogan Gidley, who in a Tuesday statement to NBC News said Trump was merely being "tongue in cheek." The president's point, in NBC's paraphrase, was "that all Americans, regardless of political party, should applaud positive news for the country," Gidley said.

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