In jest or in earnest? Trump thanks Putin for exiling 755 US diplomats


August 11 , 2017 – Fort Russ News – 

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Vesti – translated by Inessa Sinchougova

US President Donald Trump thanked the Russian President for the reduction of the American diplomatic mission in Russia, leading the State Department staff into a rage.

Trump’s words are “incredibly demoralizing and disrespectful”, stressing that they could push many employees of the US State Department to be fired.

In turn, the former deputy secretary of state for political affairs, Nicholas Burns, considers Trump’s statement to justify Moscow’s disrespectful attitude toward American diplomats as “shameful.”

The ex-ambassador of the USA in Moscow Michael McFaul, who represented his country in the Russian Federation in 2011-2014, is also disgusted.

McFaul suggested that Trump think about reducing his own staff before rejoicing at the reduction of American personnel in Russia.

According to the former ambassador, “our diplomats, professional staff and military personnel who work in Russia provide Washington with invaluable information about Russia.”

Trump previously thanked the Russian president for reducing the number of American diplomatic personnel in Russia by 755 people, noting that this would help Washington save on wages. At the same time, the head of the White House gave no indication that he had written it in jest or in earnest.

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