Trump to Putin: Thank You Sir, May I Have Another?

To Russia, With Love, Trump Thanks Putin For Punishing U.S.

REUTERS: “U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for ordering the United States to slash its diplomatic staff in Russia, remarks likely to rekindle criticism of Trump’s kid-gloves handling of Putin.”

“Trump said: ‘I’m very thankful that he let go of a large number of people because now we have a smaller payroll.'”

“Putin, reacting to new sanctions imposed by the U.S. Congress and reluctantly signed into law by Trump, ordered Washington to cut 755 of its 1,200 embassy and consulate staff by September.”

“Nicholas Burns, the State Department’s third-ranking official under Republican President George W. Bush, called Trump’s comments ‘grotesque.'”

“If he was joking, he should know better,” said Burns, now a professor at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. “If he wasn’t, it’s unprecedented. A president has never defended the expulsion of our diplomats.”

“The State Department was ‘horrified and rattled’ by Trump’s remarks, said a veteran U.S. diplomat who has served in Russia, speaking on condition of anonymity.”

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