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.

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.

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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.â€Â

— Julian Borger (@julianborger) April 2, 2018

Worse than that, Russian media is allegedly reporting this was communicated to the Russians directly. 

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