Even on vacation, Trump sows confusion about his foreign policy

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President Trump speaks to reporters after a briefing with National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, left and Vice President Mike Pence at Trump’s golf estate in New Jersey on Aug. 10. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

WASHINGTON — It’s been a week of walk backs from the White House after President Trump took questions from reporters at his golf club in New Jersey about some sensitive foreign policy issues.

On Friday, a National Security Council official told Yahoo News that Trump was “being sarcastic” the day before in saying he was “very thankful” Putin ordered a reduction of hundreds of employees, including diplomats and support staff, in U.S. missions in Russia.

echoing remarks by White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.” data-reactid=”24″>“The president was being sarcastic. We take seriously Moscow’s unwarranted actions against our personnel and diplomatic properties, and we are exploring our response options,” the official said, from Yahoo News:

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