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Gen. Michael Hayden Giddy Over ‘Very Un-Trumpian’ Expulsion of Russian Diplomats: U.S. ‘Took a Leadership Role’

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Gen. Michael Hayden, a CNN national security analyst and strident critic of President Donald Trump, reacted giddily on New Day to the expulsion of Russian diplomats from the United States.

Trump signed an order this week expelling 60 Russian officials from the U.S. in response to the nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in the U.K. that is being pinned on the Kremlin.

“Felt familiar,” said Hayden, a former NSA and CIA director under President George W Bush, of the move. “Felt a bit like old times.”

“Look what just happened,” he said through a smile. “We were tough on Russia. We acted in concert with our allies globally. The United States took a leadership role. Very un-Trumpian. So I’m very happy to see it.”

New Day’s Alisyn Camerota asked why Trump would have done something so uncharacteristic.

“I think this actually came from the bureaucracy, came from the national security establishment and it came from our allies who did want to act in concert,” Hayden said. “I think the decision the president made here was not to pull it, but to not get in the way of it.”

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