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Obama Disagrees With Trump's Idea to Punish Flag Burners

Obama Disagrees With Trump's Idea to Punish Flag Burners

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By    |   Tuesday, 29 November 2016 03:13 PM

President-elect Donald Trump's call to punish people who burn the American flag through imprisonment or revoking their U.S. citizenship isn't sitting well in the White House.

Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters that President Barack Obama doesn't agree with Trump's idea, which he floated on Twitter Tuesday morning.

"The vast majority of Americans, myself included, find the burning of the flag offensive," Earnest said, The Hill reports.

"But we have a responsibility as a country to carefully protect our rights that are enshrined in the Constitution."

Earnest added that Trump's idea is one of several things he "has said or tweeted that the president disagrees with."

Shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday, Trump tweeted this:

As it stands, burning the flag is a constitutional right and is not against the law.

Trump's idea caused a stir, with one critic calling the idea "tyrannical."

Democrat Hillary Clinton, whom Trump defeated in the Nov. 8 presidential election, once introduced a bill to criminalize flag burning while she was a senator. The bill failed to make it out of the chamber.

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