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Trump Thanks Russia’s Putin for Slashing US Diplomatic Staff

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.

Breaking nearly two weeks of silence on Putin’s July 30 order cutting U.S. embassy and consulate staff by nearly two thirds, Trump said: “I’m very thankful that he let go of a large number of people because now we have a smaller payroll.”

Trump said “there’s no real reason for them to go back” and “we’re going to save a lot of money,” in response to Putin’s Cold …read more

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