The US President Donald trump said the American media that Washington by September 1 to determine Russia’s response to the decision to reduce the diplomatic staff. Earlier it was reported that the US can close one of the Russian consulates.
“I just spoke with the Secretary of state, and we are just discussing the issue of retaliatory steps,” said Donald trump to a journalist’s question about follow the administration’s reaction to Russia’s decision.
Trump has turned to Tillerson and asked him about when will be ready with an answer.
“We will have a response by September 1,” reports “Interfax” of a word Tillerson.
– Absolutely. And you know it. – said trump.
Recall that after those words trump the former and operating employees of the US state Department expressed their incomprehension and outrage. And former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul called the words of the President of the United States “shameful, unpatriotic and ignorant.”
As for the US response, earlier it was reported that this may be the closure of one of the Russian consulates. The fact that the US to the Consulate General: Saint Petersburg, Vladivostok and Yekaterinburg. And Russia is in the U.S. there are four: in new York, San Francisco, Seattle and Houston. If Russia is motivated by the reduction of the U.S. diplomats that their number exceeds the number of Russian depravation, now Washington may reduce the Russian Consulate General, speaking about parity with the us Consulate General.