In July Russia demanded more than 700 US diplomats stationed in Russia be immediately expelled from the country after Congress passed new sanctions on a number of government officials close to President Vladimir Putin. She said along with it, the USA did not demand that the Russian staff employed at these legations be sent off home.
Cohen, through his own lawyer, asked the House Intelligence Committee to "discern and publicly disclose" who paid for the dossier and attempted to clear his name as investigations continue into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in an attempt to alter the 2016 presidential election.
Cohen's email marked the most direct interaction documented so far, of a top Trump aide and a similarly senior member of Putin's government. "Five facilities that were protected by diplomatic immunity", Ushakov said. The Russians promised a tough response to this move by Washington. The decision to close three Russian diplomatic facilities on the territory of the United States was made by US President Donald Trump, White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders told reporters on Thursday. The measure was aimed at punishing the Russian government for interfering with the USA election a year ago. At a joint news conference, they talk of improving U.S. -Russia relations.
Russian President Vladimir Putin denied interfering in the election and strongly protested Obama's move.
Obama described those expelled as "intelligence operatives", having alleged that the Russian embassy staff acted in a "manner inconsistent with their diplomatic status".
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Kahn also appeared to clap back at allegations that he copied from Beyonce's music video for "Formation" in Taylor's " Look What You Made Me Do ".
This is another stage in the ongoing back and forth retaliation between the USA and Russian Federation. "The decision to pursue the proposal initially, and later to abandon it were unrelated to the Donald J. Trump for President Campaign".
Trump signed the "Countering American Adversaries Through Sanctions Act" but noted it was "seriously flawed" and had "clearly unconstitutional provisions" that encroach on the executive branch's authority to negotiate foreign policy. Russians would no longer be able to apply for visas at United States consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok.
But instead of lashing out at Russia's aggressive diplomatic move, Trump actually praised Putin for kicking out U.S. diplomats, claiming Putin was actually doing the United States a favor. During meetings in the Philippines shortly thereafter, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson left open the possibility the USA, in turn, would retaliate for that move, and promised Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov a formal response by September 1.
August 31: The Trump administration orders three Russian diplomatic facilities in San Francisco, New York and Washington closed following the expulsion of American diplomats from Russia.