USA: Trump thanks Putin for payroll cuts after US diplomatic staff expulsion

SOT, Donald Trump, US President (English): «No, I want to thank him because we’re trying to cut down on payroll, and as far as I’m concerned, I’m very thankful that he let go of a large number of people, because now we have a smaller payroll. There’s no real reason for them to go back. So I greatly appreciate the fact that they've been able to cut our payroll of the United States. We’ll save a lot... Еще of money.» *JUMP CUT AT SOURCE* Interviewee: «And when you say that, what do you mean?» Trump: «You'll see, you'll see. And he'll see.» Interviewee: «Is that a dare?» Trump: «It's not a dare. It's a statement. It has nothing to do with dare. That's a statement. He's not going to go around threatening Guam, and he's not going to threaten the United States, and he's not going to threaten Japan, and he's not going to threaten South Korea. No, that's not a dare as you say. That is a statement of fact.» Interviewee: «Mr President, can you talk about the nuclear posture and what your priorities are there?» Trump: «Yeah, nuclear to me... number one, I would like to de-nuke the world. I know that President Obama said global warming is our biggest threat. I totally disagree. I say that it's a simple one, nuclear is our greatest threat worldwide. Not even a question, not even close. So I'd like to de-nuke the world. I would like Russia and the United States and China and Pakistan and many other countries that have nuclear weapons, get rid of them. But until such time as they do, we will be the most powerful nuclear nation on earth by far.» *JUMP CUT AT SOURCE* US President Donald Trump expressed gratitude to Russian leader Vladimir Putin for expelling 755 American diplomatic staff from the country at a press event whilst on vacation in Bedminster, New Jersey, Thursday. According to Trump, the expulsion of staff would save the US «a lot of money» on diplomatic personnel. Putin ordered the United States Embassy in Moscow to cut its staff by 755 people in retaliation for sanctions imposed by Congress due to Russia's alleged meddling in last year's presidential election. The US president touched on a variety of other topics at the press event, including alleged collusion with Russia during his presidential campaign. Trump insisted «there was no collusion between us and Russia» and the intelligence agencies are «investigating something that never happened.» He went on to say that he won the presidential election because he was a «much better candidate» than Hillary Clinton, rather than any collusion with Russia; «I fought a smart battle. That's why I won. I didn't win because of Russia. Russia had nothing to do with me winning.»

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