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President Trump weighed in on the current situation with Russia in a press conference Tuesday and he had some choice words for those looking to start trouble with the country. Trump's biggest point in the short speech was that finding a way to get along better with Russia is in everyone's best interest.
<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Pres. Trump: "Getting along with Russia would be a good thing, not a bad thing—and just about everybody agrees to that, except very stupid people." <a href="https://t.co/NkJuIoh4fP">https://t.co/NkJuIoh4fP</a> <a href="https://t.co/DkECqT7yJr">pic.twitter.com/DkECqT7yJr</a></p>— ABC News (@ABC) <a href="https://twitter.com/ABC/status/981222387474575360?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 3, 2018</a></blockquote>
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"If we got along with Russia, that would be a good thing not a bad thing," Trump said. "And just about everybody agrees with that, except very stupid people." These words follow the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats last week from the country after a nerve agent was used by former double agent Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter, 33-year-old Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, England. The nerve agent attack has led to a diplomatic skirmish between Russia and England that has boiled over into several nations.
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While Trump advocates for good relations with Russia, he is also adamant that he has been stern with the country saying, "probably nobody’s been tougher to Russia than Donald Trump." A meeting between himself and Russian president Vladimir Putin was proposed by president Trump this week in a phone call with Putin. Trump also congratulated the Russian president on his recent electoral win.
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Senator John McCain criticized the move saying, "An American president does not lead the free world by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections." Perhaps McCain doesn't understand anything except war which seems to be his ideal solution to dealing with Russia. The expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats has only undermined hopes of positive relations with Russia prompting the country to retaliate.
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As a direct response to what the country is calling an anti-Russia campaign by the West, the Kremlin said it would expel 60 U.S. diplomats and close the American consulate in St. Petersburg, Russia. While opponents in his own party criticize his handling of Russia, Trump decided to close the Russian consulate in Seattle, Washington as part of the international response to the nerve agent attack.
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