Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Trump said he actually was grateful to Putin for what would amount to a money-saving move. The move by Putin came in response to new U.S. sanctions against Russian Federation in response to its interference in the 2016 presidential election. "I'm very thankful that he let go of a large number of people because now we have a smaller payroll".
Then in 2012, he chose to go back to the presidency, and by 2024, the country will certainly be thinking about his successor. It finally showed its teeth by demanding the United States cut 60 percent of its diplomatic staff in Russian Federation, totalling 755 people, by September 1.
But while we're all following the investigation into ties between President Trump and Putin, it's important to remember that the relationship between our two countries will long outlast these two men.
But it's still a substantial slap at the United States - far more serious than President Barack Obama's expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats in retaliation for the Kremlin meddling in the USA election.
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The Russian president's decision came after Congress overwhelmingly passed new sanctions targeting Russia, Iran and North Korea.
It was unclear whether the president was joking at all in his remarks, which were made during a working vacation at Trump's Bedminster, New Jersey, golf course. President Barack Obama's administration expelled 35 diplomats from the United States in December under sanctions imposed over Russia's messing in the 2016 election. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during a meeting Sunday in the Philippines that a response would be coming by that date, the deadline that Russia previously set for the US diplomats to leave.
Despite the obvious mutual appreciation between Putin and Trump, the U.S. -Russia honeymoon appears to be over, at least for the time being. Hillary was going to cut the budget substantially - the military budget.
Trump said Democrats are the ones who should be investigated for collusion, not him. "That's bad for Russian Federation".