President Trump has said that he was “very thankful” that Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered the expulsion of hundreds of U.S. diplomats from the country in response to sanctions — because the administration needs to cut the State Department’s budget anyway.

However, a day later he claimed he was only being sarcastic in making those comments.

“I want to thank him because we’re trying to cut down our payroll, and as far as I’m concerned, I’m very thankful that he let go of a large number of people because now we have a smaller payroll,” Trump told reporters Thursday at his Bedminster, N.J., golf club.

So where is Congress? It is controlled by Republicans and Trump supporters. Hello, anybody home?