Last night Donald Trump tweeted what seemed like a threat to Iran when he wrote that the U.S. was “locked and loaded.” Most would take that to mean the U.S. military is prepared and ready to strike. Well, not exactly.

This morning, Marc Short, the Vice President’s chief of staff said those words actually mean something entirely different.

“I think that ‘locked and loaded’ is a broad term and talks about the realities that we’re all far safer and more secure domestically from energy independence.” — Marc Short

CNN’s Chris Cillizza writes: “What Short is asking the public to do is to entirely suspend common sense here. We all knew the second Trump tweeted the term “locked and loaded” what he meant. That he was ready for a military strike against Iran if and when it became clear that they had been the ones behind the drone attacks on Saudi oil. To suggest anything else is ludicrous.