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

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."


JohninMK Creepy_Azz_Crackaah (not verified) Thu, 08/10/2017 - 18:21 Permalink

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.

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T.Gracchus JohninMK Thu, 08/10/2017 - 18:39 Permalink

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.

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GUS100CORRINA zebra77a Thu, 08/10/2017 - 19:34 Permalink

Trump Thanks Putin For Kicking Out 755 Diplomats: "We'll Save A Lot Of Money"My response: NOW THIS IS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF HOW TO TURN LEMONS INTO LEMONADE!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.

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NugginFuts tmosley Thu, 08/10/2017 - 18:09 Permalink

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."…

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NugginFuts tmosley Thu, 08/10/2017 - 17:48 Permalink

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.…

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sarz NugginFuts Fri, 08/11/2017 - 14:12 Permalink

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. 

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NugginFuts tmosley Thu, 08/10/2017 - 18:07 Permalink

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.”…

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