Why President Donald Trump can get away with the same things he’s always gotten away with, the president said Monday in a tweet.
“Why can’t he get a permit for a lamp?” he wrote.
The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, later clarified the comment by saying that Trump was talking about the “lamp” that was used in his speech in the Rose Garden on Thursday.
The “lamps” Trump referenced in his tweet are a device used to capture sunlight in an indoor environment.
Trump has repeatedly criticized Democrats for using a device like the lamp during the 2016 election.
He has said the lamp was an expensive gimmick and an attempt to distract from the real issues facing the country.
In his tweet, Sanders wrote, “The president tweeted about the ‘lamps’ used during his speech yesterday.”
In the speech, Trump said he wants to “create jobs, rebuild our crumbling infrastructure and put the American people first again.”
But in the weeks since, Democrats have raised questions about the cost and effectiveness of the devices.
Sanders later said that the president “did not say that he would ban the use of the lamp.”
The White’s response to the question was less clear.
“The White House does not support or oppose lamp bans,” Sanders said.
“It is up to the states and local governments to determine whether they wish to use lamps in their establishments.”