Trump Shuts Down Journo, Thanks Putin for Expelling US Diplomatic Staff

Trump breaks a taboo, refers to State Department people as no more than a bloat on payroll

Fri, Aug 11, 2017 | 2963 Comments

Say what you will about Trump, but one thing is true — it's rarely a dull day with a former pro WWE wrestler in the White House.

Told by a journalist that he "has to respond" to the Russian president ordering US diplomatic mission in Russia to cut down the number of its staff by 755, the US president disagreed he needed to do any such thing:

"No, I wanna thank him because we're trying to cut down our payroll, and as far as I'm concerned I'm ver thankful that he let go of a large number of people because now we have a smaller payroll." 

 

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Obviously enough it would be folly for the White House to respond to the Russian expulsions in the way desired by US press corps. The Russian expulsions are themselves a long-delayed response to the expulsions and confiscations by the outgoing Obama administration. Moves which were carried out for no other reason than to complicate US-Russian relations for Trump, and which the Trump administration had failed to reverse albeit given ample time by Moscow.

If Trump has proven too weak to put things back, neither does he have to follow the path his enemy, Obama, laid out for him.

The Trump administration has indeed been planning to downsize the State Department which is a great thing. Aside from the CIA there is no more bloodthirsty US government department. Even the Pentagon doesn't come close.

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