Vladimir Putin has been praised by incoming president, Donald Trump last night after the Russian President announced there would be no tit-for-tat expulsions of U.S diplomats from Russian soil. 35 Russian diplomats were expelled earlier in the week due to claims that they were behind the hacking of Democratic Party emails.
President-elect, Donald Trump, broadcasted his praise for Putin in a tweet which read, “Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart!”
Trump’s tweet was nothing short of controversial and prompted responses from officials.
Evan McMullin, who ran as an independent candidate, tweeted, “@realDonaldTrump alternates between embracing Russian subversion & downplaying it, but his support for Putin is constant. We must know why,”
Democrat Claire McCaskill, tweeted, “Our ENTIRE cyber intel community, best in world btw, agrees that this guy tried to mess in our election & the Russians are RT TrumpPutin love.”
Putin stated that the Russian government was hoping to have better relations with the Trump administration than they do presently. Putin and the current administration have clashed over the Ukraine and Syria in the past.
Putin announced a Christmas Party for the children of U.S diplomats stationed in Russia and said they reserve the right to respond to the expulsions but none will be taken at this time.
In wake of the actions taken by the Obama administration which gave diplomats and believed intelligence officials 72 hours to leave the country, Putin stated a special plane would be sent to collect them and bring them back to Russia.
In a report released yesterday and put together by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, it claimed that the Russians were behind the hacking of Democratic Party emails which had an adverse affect on the Clinton campaign and aimed to help Donald Trump into office.
Russia has always denied the claims.