Last week the Trump administration made a surprising announcement that they would be expelling 60 Russian diplomats, taking a stand in solidarity with our allies after Russian agents poisoned a former Russian spy in the U.K. From CNN:
The White House said it was expelling 60 Russian diplomats identified as intelligence agents and also announced the closure of the Russian Consulate in Seattle. It represents the most forceful action that President Donald Trump has taken against Russia to date. Of those being expelled, 48 of the alleged intelligence agents work at the Russian Embassy in Washington and 12 are posted at the United Nations in New York, senior administration officials said.
The most foreign leaders made direct announcements condemning Russian actions and personally announcing the expulsion of Russian agents, Donald Trump stayed silent, letting a “senior administration official” break the news.
Russian President Vladmir Putin must’ve been laughing at the announcement because unbeknownst to the America public at the time, he’ll be able to send 60 new Russian “diplomats” right back in to fill those roles.
State Department confirms that Russia can replace the diplomats, alleged to be intel officers, expelled last week.
US “is not requiring the Russian bilateral mission to reduce its total number of personnel” a spox says. New accreditation to be reviewed on a “case-by-case basis.Ã¢ÂÂ
Ã¢ÂÂ Julian Borger (@julianborger) April 2, 2018
Worse than that, Russian media is allegedly reporting this was communicated to the Russians directly.
Russian state media said an anonymous senior White House staffer told the Russian govt that it could send new diplomats to take the place of those who had been expelled. The Russian state media outlet Vesti quoted the official as saying, “The doors are open.” SMFHÃ°ÂÂÂ
Ã¢ÂÂ KathyInCali (@Love_Cookin) April 2, 2018
Time and time again, Donald Trump has failed to stand up to Vladmir Putin. Why? What is preventing Donald Trump from standing up for the interest of the United States and our allies? Are we really to believe that a guy who was caught on camera embarrassingly trying to get Putin’s attention, sending hand signals of support to Putin is every really going to stand up for the U.S.? Meanwhile, Trump issued another bold lie today when he told pool reporters, “probably nobody’s been tougher on Russian than Donald Trump.”
Sigh. Here is tough guy Donald Trump desperately trying to get Putin’s attention and affection. pic.twitter.com/2kZ12kAxEr
Ã¢ÂÂ Jennifer Hayden (@Scout_Finch) April 3, 2018
It’s crystal clear who’s in charge here.