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Trump Thanks Putin For Ordering 755 US Diplomats Out of Embassy: ‘We’re Trying to Cut…Payroll’

Following the bill signed into law by President Donald Trump imposing sanctions on Russia, Vladimir Putin announced the expulsion of 755 U.S. diplomats from Russia on July 30.

Trump’s response to what would seem to be a hostile action on the part of Russia? Thank you.

During a question and answer session with the press pool on Thursday, Trump appeared to be serious while saying that he appreciated Putin’s decision to expel the diplomats as it would allow the U.S. to cut costs.

“I want to thank him because we’re trying to cut down on payroll,” Trump said. “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.”

Again, Trump did not offer a hint of a smile, or anything else to indicate that he was being sarcastic as he spoke on the topic. His response appeared to be genuine.

“There’s no real reason for them to go back,” Trump said. “So I greatly appreciate the fact that they’ve been able to cut our payroll for the United States. We’ll save a lot of money.”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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