Trump orders the expulsion of dozens of Russian diplomats, closure of the Consulate in Seattle

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President Trump orders expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats

Trump management includes the Russian Consulate in Seattle. Kevin cork-reports from the White house.

President Trump on Monday ordered the expulsion of 60 Russian intelligence officers in the United States and the closure of the Russian Consulate in Seattle in response to the nerve-agent attack on an ex-Russian spy in Britain, said earlier this month, a senior administration official.

The steps, according to the United Kingdom, the expulsion of the Russian diplomats that are meant to send the officials said a message to Moscow that actions have consequences. The Seattle Consulate bases closed because of its proximity to the U-boat, as well as Boeing.

“With these steps, the United States and our allies and partners make it clear that Russia will have consequences of its actions,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said. “The United States is ready to cooperate to build a better relationship with Russia, but this can only happen with a change in the Russian government’s behavior.”



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Russia was blamed for the attack, has failed denied behavior.

Officials said sold a total of 60 Russians, including 48 at the Russian Embassy and 12 at the United Nations. The individuals and their families have been given leave of seven days in the United States.

“Today, the United States are in the process of the expulsion of 12 began secret agents of the Russian Mission to the United Nations, have abused their right to stay in the United States,” UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said Monday. “Following a review we have found that the 12-intelligence agents engaged in espionage activities, the unwanted, to our national security.”

Officials said the President made the decision after a number of intelligence meetings in the last week, and was constantly informed about the process over the weekend.

The administration had said that it was considering a range of options” in response to the 4. March, poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter. They were apparently poisoned, a Soviet-produced, military-grade nerve agent, and will remain unconscious and in critical condition.

At a summit of the 28 EU meeting in Brussels, leaders agreed with the UK that it is “very likely” Russia is responsible for the attack on Skripal and his daughter, Julia.


Trump earlier, the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, and the leaders of France and Germany in condemning the poisoning occurred.

“It is an attack on British sovereignty, and such use by a Contracting state is a clear violation of the Convention on chemical weapons, and a violation of international law. It is the safety of all of us at risk”, they said in a joint statement.

You also wrote “there is no plausible alternative explanation” for the attack, and to respond to the Kremlin for the failure of a legitimate request for a Declaration “underlines their responsibility.”

Russia has vehemently any involvement in the poisoning, saying that it had destroyed denied his chemical weapons and had no motive to kill Skripal was convicted of spying for Britain, but published in a 2010 spy swap. Still, Moscow has, in turn, leave ordered 23 British diplomats.

The position of the EU, information exchange with the group leader about why the UK convinced that Moscow was behind the attack, including the kind of Gift-one of the Soviet Union, developed a nerve agent, known as Novichok — and the intelligence that Russia has brought within the last ten years.

Fox News’ Joseph Weber, rich Edson, John Roberts and Lucia Suarez and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Alex Pappas is a political reporter at Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.

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