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Donald Trump thanks Putin for expulsions

AFP
Published Aug 12, 2017, 1:49 am IST
Updated Aug 12, 2017, 7:43 am IST
Last month, the Kremlin demanded that Washington reduce its diplomatic footprint in Russia by 755 employees.
Donald Trump
 Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for ordering the US embassy in Moscow to slash its staff — boasting that this would cut payroll costs.

Last month, the Kremlin demanded that Washington reduce its diplomatic footprint in Russia by 755 employees — both US diplomats and local staff — and close two compounds.

 

This was seen as marking a historic new low in post-Cold war Russia-US relations but Mr Trump, who has long argued the case for closer ties, said after a meeting with top aides in New Jersey he saw a silver lining. “I want to thank him because we’re trying to cut down our payroll and, as far as I’m concerned, I’m very thankful that he let go of a large number of people because now we have a smaller payroll,” Mr Trump said.

“I greatly appreciate the fact that we've been able to cut our payroll of the United States. We’re going to save a lot of money,” he said.     

 

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