Gratitude of the President of the United States Donald trump for the reduction of the U.S. diplomatic corps in Russia was filled with sarcasm. About this in his Twitter wrote a reporter for CBS, Margaret Brennan, referring to the representative of the White house.
“A White house spokesman said that President trump thanked Vladimir Putin for the expulsion from Russia of the staff of the American Embassy with sarcasm,” wrote Brennan.
On Wednesday, trump has commented on Moscow’s decision to reduce the number of employees of American diplomatic missions in Russia, noting that it will help to save on salaries. “I want to thank Vladimir Putin because we are trying to reduce the wage costs and I am very grateful that he released a large number of people,” said trump, adding that “they have no real reason to return to Russia”.
On 30 July, Putin said that the staff of the diplomatic missions of the USA in Russia will be reduced by 1 September of 755 people. Earlier, the Russian foreign Ministry has proposed to reduce its total number to 455. Adopted by the Moscow measures were a response to the bill to toughen anti-Russian sanctions.
On December 29 last year, the former President of the USA Barack Obama made the decision to expel 35 the Russian diplomats, as well as close access to two objects of the Russian departmenti. The White house indicated that the measures were “a response to harassment of American diplomats in Moscow from the Russian authorities.”