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Trump being 'sarcastic' when thanked Putin for cutting U.S. diplomats: NBC

Trump being 'sarcastic' when thanked Putin for cutting U.S. diplomats: NBC
From Reuters - August 11, 2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump was being "sarcastic" when he thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for saving the United States money by ordering cuts in U.S. diplomatic staff in Russia, NBC News reported, citing the White House spokeswoman.

Nearly 24 hours after Trump made the remarks, the @NBCPolitics Twitter account posted that spokeswoman "Sarah Huckabee Sanders says President Trump 'was being sarcastic' when he thanked Putin for expelling diplomats from Moscow" as the explanation for Trump's unusual remarks.

Breaking nearly two weeks of silence on Putin's July 30 order cutting U.S. embassy and consulate staff by nearly two thirds, Trump said on Thursday:

"I am very thankful that he let go of a large number of people because now we have a smaller payroll," adding "there's no real reason for them to go back."

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