Trump thanks Putin for expelling United States diplomats

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In remarks to reporters at his golf course in central New Jersey, Trump dismissed Putin's move, saying he "greatly' appreciated Putin's help cutting down the payroll at the U.S. State Department".

Congress passed various new sanctions in response to Russia's meddling in the 2016 election. They are also looking into possible collusion between the campaign and Russian officials.

Besides "very smart" and "great leader", President Trump can add "government downsizer" to his list of Putin compliments.

The president's remarks are the first he has made in response to Putin's announcement late last month that Moscow will force the U.S.to cut 755 staff from its Russian embassies and consulates by September 1.

Reuters reported that the Russian order to downsize the usa diplomatic staff was softened in part, as it allowed the United States to choose which individual members to cut, many of whom are Russian citizens.

In contrast, U.S. diplomats who return to the USA will remain State Department employees.

Congress had reached an agreement on sanctions to punish Russian Federation and sent the bill to Trump's desk for his signature.

State department staffing is reportedly a tense topic of debate issue between the Trump administration and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, as many key positions within the department have yet to be filled. The White House, in a statement about the sanctions, said the bill included "a number of clearly unconstitutional provisions" that infringe on the President's authority. "If he wasn't, it's unprecedented. A president has never defended the expulsion of our diplomats".

Trump has continued to claim that it is unclear who engaged in the cyber-espionage against the United States, even as intelligence agencies reporting to him have clearly said it was Russian Federation.

Last month, the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the home of Mr Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

What's your reaction to what Trump said? While it may save the country money, it is likely that those who are expelled will continue to work for the United States, but in a different capacity.

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