White House officials: Trump was joking about adding 2 years to his term

White House officials: Trump was joking about adding 2 years to his term
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhere do we go from here? Conservation can show the way Gov. Ron DeSantis more popular in Florida than Trump Sotomayor accuses Supreme Court of bias in favor of Trump administration MORE's retweet calling to extend his term by two years was made in jest, according to White House officials and other people close to the president. 

White House aides told The Washington Post that the president has not privately discussed extending his term, which would violate the Constitution, and that the tweet was not serious.

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Trump on Sunday retweeted Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., who suggested that Trump's term be extended by two years "for time stolen by this corrupt failed coup," alluding to the special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's election interference.

Trump also tweeted Sunday that "they have stolen two years of my (our) Presidency (Collusion Delusion) that we will never be able to get back."

The tweets come as Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiRussian interference reports rock Capitol Hill Hillicon Valley: Facebook, Twitter split on Bloomberg video | Sanders briefed on Russian efforts to help campaign | Barr to meet with Republicans ahead of surveillance fight Pelosi blasts Trump's 'dangerous' pick for intelligence chief MORE (D-Calif.) said she was worried that Trump would challenge the legitimacy of the 2020 election if he lost the White House.

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley responded to the president's tweets by calling out Democrats' reaction to Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrHillicon Valley: Facebook, Twitter split on Bloomberg video | Sanders briefed on Russian efforts to help campaign | Barr to meet with Republicans ahead of surveillance fight Sanders says he was briefed on Russian effort to help campaign Comey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' MORE's conclusions on the Mueller investigation. 

"How hilariously ironic that it’s the Democrats who refuse to accept the results of a free and fair presidential election in 2016, refuse to accept the clear results of a nearly 400-page report that showed no collusion and no obstruction, but now, they have the audacity to question the president ‘accepting results?’ — give me a break," he said, according to the Post. 

When asked about the president's retweet, Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamWhere do we go from here? Conservation can show the way Barr to attend Senate GOP lunch on Tuesday GOP lawmaker makes unannounced trip to northeastern Syria MORE (R-S.C.), a staunch Trump ally in the Senate, laughed and said, “I think y’all people are crazy,” according to the newspaper. 

“When it comes to Trump, people need to dial it back a little bit,” he said, adding that when he facetiously suggested Trump get a third term “people went nuts.”

Sen. John CornynJohn CornynOcasio-Cortez announces slate of all-female congressional endorsements Trump Medicaid proposal sparks bipartisan warnings Senate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony MORE (R-Texas) told the Post that the retweet exemplified the president's sense of humor and frustration with the Mueller probe. 

"The president has sort of a dry sense of humor,” Cornyn said. “He obviously understands that’s not possible but I take his point that there’s been two years of distractions based on claims that proved not to be substantiated. So again I understand his frustration.” 

Last month, the Justice Department released a redacted version of Mueller's report on Russia's election meddling in 2016.

Before that, Barr released a short summary of the report saying that Mueller's team did not find conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia and that there was not enough evidence to pursue an obstruction of justice charge against the president.

That summary came under scrutiny last week after Senate Democrats published a letter Mueller wrote to Barr accusing him of creating "public confusion" and not grasping the full context in the summary about the probe's results.