The joke defense: WH’s explanation for Trump’s controversial statements

The White House seems to give the explanation that President Trump is only joking when he makes a very controversial statement. On Thursday, Trump thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for cutting the number of U.S. diplomats in Russia in response to U.S. sanctions. Then on Friday, a White House official said Trump was only joking. We take a look at a few other instances of when the president “joked” about serious topics.