Following the passage of a new sanction bill, which President Trump eventually was forced into signing after the House and the Senate overwhelmingly supported it, Russia announced that they would be expelling 755 US diplomats and technical personnel from the country.
The move, which likely will cut down on the intelligence that the United States is able to gather on Russia, certainly isn’t one that should be commended. After all, this was an aggressive reaction by Russia following the new sanctions the United States placed on them late last month. As if the Trump Presidency could not get any more chaotic, earlier today Trump actually thanked Putin for the move, claiming that it will save us money in the long run.
“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,” Trump told reporters earlier today. “There’s no real reason for them to go back. 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.”
The move by Russia will force the United States to reduce its staff of close to 1,200 to just 455 by September 1. That would equate to the number of Russian personnel currently working within the US. 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. Additionally, one could argue that there is plenty of reason for such diplomats to return to Russia as soon as possible, especially after what Russia has been able to accomplish in undermining the US election process.
If the President is trying to distance himself from claims that he may have colluded with Russia in order to undermine the 2016 election process, this doesn’t exactly seem to be the way to do so. Below is clip of President Trump’s remarks to the press earlier today. Please let us know your thoughts on these remarks in the comments section below.
TRAITOR: Trump on Putin ordering embassy to cut staff: “I want to thank him cuz we’re trying to cut down on payroll” pic.twitter.com/3ZNaj4yIxy
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