According to officials in the Trump administration, President Trump retweeted a tweet suggesting that Trump’s presidency be extended by two years as a “joke,” The Hill reports.
The news comes as a response to Trump’s Twitter activity on Sunday, during which he retweeted president of Liberty University Jerry Falwell Jr.’s comment that Trump should extend his term by two years “for time stolen by this corrupt failed coup,” referencing the special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.
Trump also tweeted on Sunday that “they have stolen two years of my (our) Presidency (Collusion Delusion) that we will never be able to get back."
But the White House aides and friends of Trump said that the president has never discussed increasing the length of his term privately, an action that would violate the constitution, and that his Sunday tweets were made in jest.
The “jokes” about refusing to end his term at four years come amid growing concern from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who believes that Trump will try to challenge the results of the upcoming presidential election if he loses by a small margin.
Commenting on Trump’s tweets to The Washington Post, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) laughed, “I think y’all people are crazy.”
“When it comes to Trump, people need to dial it back a little bit,” he continued. He added that “people went nuts” when he suggested that the president should be allowed to carry out a third term.