Taking a relaxed view, the U.S. president said there was "no real reason" for the diplomats to return to Russian Federation and said that the move would "save a lot of money". "We're going to save a lot of money", he added. A diplomatic row over Russian interference in the 2016 election began previous year after President Obama ordered the seizure of two diplomatic facilities used by Russia in the US and the expulsion of 35 diplomats and their families.
Since then though, Trump's Russian Federation agenda has been bogged down in allegations that Moscow helped him get elected, and a backlash from Congress that resulted last week in the United States imposing a new set of sanctions on Moscow. Moscow has repeatedly denied meddling in the election and Trump denies any campaign collusion.
Manafort managed Trump's campaign until he was forced to resign in August amid reports that he was under investigation over millions of dollars he was allegedly paid by the pro-Russia former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych. The State Department has not said whether they will be reassigned.
Trump's actions to make a difference from the unwritten laws of statecraft could leave the USA badly bruised in years to come.
Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a fish he caught during a hunting and fishing trip this month in the republic of Tyva in southern Siberia, Russia. Challenged once by a Fox News interviewer about whether Putin was actually a killer, given the repeated slayings of opposition leaders and independent journalists in Russia, Trump defended the Kremlin leader by saying: "There are a lot of killers".
"Our diplomats, personal staff, and military serving in Russian Federation provide Washington with invaluable information about Russian Federation..."
It seems weird for a leader to inflict hardship on his own people, especially when Russian Federation is already collapsing after 17½ years of Putin's kleptocracy and oil prices that have stayed low for almost three years. Oil and gas. We are now an exporter because of an incredible six months that - an exporter of oil and gas. Russian Federation enlisted hackers to break into the computers of the Democratic National Committee, and those emails were strategically leaked to hurt Hillary Clinton.