Key Words: Trump thanks Putin for kicking out diplomats

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters with Vice President Mike Pence at his side at Trump’s golf estate in Bedminster, N.J., on Thursday.

President Donald Trump has a message for Russian President Vladimir Putin: Thank you.

On July 30, in response to impending U.S. sanctions on Moscow, the Russian leader said 755 U.S. diplomats and staff would be forced to leave the country by September.

Read:Russia retaliates for looming sanctions, boots out 755 U.S. diplomats.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Trump said he actually was grateful to Putin for what would amount to a money-saving move (presuming the ousted employees were actually terminated rather than returned to the U.S.

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