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    Before US Vice President Mike Pence took the podium to address the sailors of the USS Harry S. Truman Tuesday, the members of the armed forces were reportedly given particularly puzzling instruction on how to welcome the VP.

    On Tuesday afternoon, Pence traveled to Norfolk Naval Base in Norfolk, Virginia, to deliver a message from US President Donald Trump while also recognizing the 2,000-plus missions the USS Harry S. Truman and its 7,500 sailors have been a part of in the past year.

    The vice president, via Twitter following his address, particularly applauded the the Truman Carrier Strike Group's "essential part" in crippling Daesh.

    Prior to Pence's speech, however, it was an order regarding servicemembers' applause that took Twitter by storm.

    According to WTKR-TV reporter Brendan Ponton, US Navy sailors toward the rear of the address were given a particular set of instructions in clapping for the veep.

    Clapping… in a strip club?

    While the order may seem like machismo or a way to encourage fellow servicemembers, many netizens were quick to clap back at the comment and question what it actually meant.

    Others clutched their pearls at the thought of Pence, or his wife Karen, referred to as "Mother," catching wind of the orders.

    A number of netizens were just turned off by the alleged applause order.

    The rest simply treated the odd phrase as a little shade toward both the administration and Pence.


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