Trump Thanks Putin For Kicking Out 755 Diplomats: "We'll Save A Lot Of Money"

Tyler Durden's picture

In a statement that has been buried by the rest of Trump's barrage of soundbites today, including the ongoing back on forth verbal war on North Korea, as well as Mueller, Manafort and McConnell, during his second meeting with reporters at his golf complex in Bedminster, President Trump said something which could push his war with the intel community and the "deep state" into uncharted territory.

In his first public comment on the recent decision by the Kremlin to seize two US compounds and kick out 755 US diplomats in retaliation for a similar move by Obama in December, Trump said "I want to thank" Russian President Vladimir Putin for ousting hundreds of US embassy employees "because we're trying to cut down our payroll."

The president said the move would "cut payroll." And even as many have received the comments in jest, we are confident that hundreds of humorless spooks will use this as a green light to leak even more NSA intercepts. Trump has so far been quiet on the expulsion of US workers from Russia.

"I greatly appreciate the fact that we've been able to cut our payroll of the United States," Trump said, adding "we're going to save a lot of money… there's no real reason for them to go back."

Hardly a glowing endorsement of the US "intelligence" apparatus.

Trump did not stop here, and noting of Putin's decision, said "I'm very thankful that he let go of a large number of people because now we have a smaller payroll."

“I want to thank him because we’re trying to cut down on 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."


"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.”

Following the latest sanctions targeting Russia, North Korea, and Iran, Moscow moved to reduce the number of US diplomatic personnel by 755 people, bringing parity to the size of diplomatic staffs in each country. Previously, US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert had said "the expulsions of our US diplomats and other citizens who are working over there at our embassy, we consider that to be a regrettable step."

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NugginFuts's picture

Hey just think how much money we would save by exiting the UN. Or is that no longer a thing any more?

peddling-fiction's picture

WW3 coming up. Diplomats are really not needed anymore.

How many spooks on that list?

Kotzbomber747's picture

The guy is nuts, completely nuts.

Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

Perfect. Now fire a bunch more bureaucrats.

Less gubmint, MORE freedom!

JohninMK's picture

There is a subtext on this.

Over half of these 755 US employees given their marching orders in Russia were Russian citizens. So whilst most if not all of the US citizens returning to the US will find alternative work at State etc the Russians will indeed be straight off the payroll.

Surprised Trump didn't make more of saying "YOUR FIRED" to 350 plus Russians.

T.Gracchus's picture

Some of those Russian workers will have been drivers/ cooks/ samovar ladies, but many will have been working for the US because they want to undermine their own country. They will have been more useful than the conspicuous 'diplomats' in intelligence-gathering, so their removal is probably of even greater value.

two hoots's picture

so we must depend on Putin to drain the swamp?   Seems nobody in DC can.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Nice.  Expel the Dept of Education, and HHS.  

CheapBastard's picture

Is Starfucks still hiring refugees?

winged's picture

Hey TRUMP, wanna save MORE money? Get rid of the yearly BILLION$ you're sending to Apartheid IsraHell. Or do you somebody else to do it for you? ----

EddieLomax's picture

So you believe Israel should welcome millions of Muslims into their country?

Can you point to any time in history when that was a good idea?

zebra77a's picture

Sillae... nobody lost any jobs.. All the Russian spies posing as Janitors and cooks went back to gru... All the CIA posing as diplomats went home and took paid vacation.. Governments can shrink like a black hole can stop sucking spacetime...

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Trump Thanks Putin For Kicking Out 755 Diplomats: "We'll Save A Lot Of Money"


Way to GO Mr. PRESIDENT!!! Despite the best efforts of the CIA and NEOCONs to start a WAR with RUSSIA, the situation has been diffused very eloquently.

ali-ali-al-qomfri's picture

WOAH.........hold on son, you need a permit to make lemonade these days,

you can't just willy-nilly set a lemonade stand and make lemonade, what is this a free country or something?

Ex-Oligarch's picture

When news of the expulsion first hit ZH a few days ago, someone (nmewn? knuckles? can't recall) offered the same spin that the President used today. 

ZH commentariat, conquering the world one half-serious meme at a time.

researchfix's picture

It´s good. I am sure Cuba will follow that path after yesterday´s event.

general ambivalent's picture

Well, I don't know about that. But it's clear that Drumpfsteintards love turning swamp juice into lemonade.

PrometeyBezkrilov's picture

It certainly seems that way. And since they failed at their duty, no need to keep them employed, also snakes on the other side were kicked to the curb. Let's see what happens next.

dogismycopilot's picture

Unless they are covertly working for the FSB or SVR, any Russian working the US Department of State is no longer a Russian. 

It is going to be a hard, cold winter for any Hiwis.

oncemore's picture

Even if half are locals, but still it was us payroll, no?

Chupacabra-322's picture

Want instant Peace in the World.

Eliminate the Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths

at the


eatapeach's picture

They are in many, many more departments than just that. Step outside gov, too, and see AIPAC, about 100 'think-tanks' (they think about how to foment war), and MSM--and you're off to a good start. I think many in the CIA do not want war, though.

HardAssets's picture

Need to fire thousands of public school 'teachers'. Theyve been dumbing down kids for decades.

Tallest Skil's picture

Cry harder, globalist traitor.

neutrino3's picture

But ... but ... I like Tromb's dot-mouth saying "Collateral damage" or "Thank you Putin" or "Grape is sour" or ...

Offthebeach's picture

All those people will be begging for barrista positions at strip mall Starbucks.

flyingcaveman's picture

You shouldn't bully the fat goofy haired kid about his mental health.

ebworthen's picture

Vintage Trump, love it.

Establishment D.C. can go fuck itself with a splintery broom stick.

Scrutin-eyes's picture

Completely clever. He's been checkmated by con-gross.

WarPony's picture

Think about how much more we could save if we ended the fed?  As Carl Sagan would say: "BILLIONS and BILLIONS."

Nobodys Home's picture

You beat me to it. End The Fed! Get out of the UN and NATO!
and Nafta Tafta and Shaftya!!

Give Me Some Truth's picture

Everyone does know not one of those workers will lose their job, right?

They worked for the State Department, or CIA and just happened to be assigned to the "Russia" office. They weren't "let go" by the president or Congress.

... Now they ought to be let go, but Trump won't do it.

tmosley's picture

Pretty sure Trump never said he was going to leave the UN.

NugginFuts's picture

Do a little light reading:

Speaking at the American Israel Political Affairs Committee Monday, Trump blasted "the utter weakness and incompetence of the United Nations.

"The United Nations is not a friend of democracy," Trump said. "It's not a friend to freedom. It's not a friend even to the United States of America, where as all know, it has its home. And it surely isn’t a friend to Israel."

NugginFuts's picture

Trump condemns the UN, but only when they are anti-Israel. Interesting, is it not?

Days after the United Nations voted to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, Donald Trump questioned its effectiveness Monday, saying it's just a club for people to 'have a good time'.

The president-elect wrote on Twitter that the UN has 'such great potential,' but it has become 'just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. So sad!'

On Friday, Trump warned, 'As to the UN, things will be different after Jan 20th,' referring to the day he takes office.

veritas semper vinces's picture

Yes. You all need to change your MAGA hats with KIPPAHS.

More appropriate.MIGA!

sarz's picture

True. And all four of his adult children have Jewish partners. But how come the Jews aren't buying? I think Trump is genuinely fond of Jews, but he realizes that America cannot be great again until it frees itself from their grip. He cannot take them head on. So he's going to love them to death. Like saying what a great friend of Israel McMaster is, even as McMaster is telling them that the wailing wall is not their territory. 

NugginFuts's picture

oh and here he said he'd cut funding for them:

In Wausau, Mr. Trump also turned his attention to the United Nations, warning that it could meet a fate similar to NATO under a Trump administration. “By the way, United Nations — same thing, smaller numbers,” he said, seeming to call for a pared­down version of the intergovernmental organization. “Where do you ever see the United Nations?” Mr. Trump continued. “Do they ever settle anything? It’s just like a political game. The United Nations — I mean the money we spend on the United Nations.”

gilhgvc's picture

Now THIS is the trump I voted for..lmao

veritas semper vinces's picture

You mean,instead of draining the swamp himself,lets Mr. Putin do the job,and he takes credit?

How gracious of him!

techpriest's picture

For the "4D Chess" crowd, making it look like someone else did it for you is a basic move. Then it isn't your fault anymore.

Or maybe he is trying not to look bothered by it. We'll see what happens over the course of the year.