Trump, on Putin expelling U.S. diplomats: "I want to thank him because we are trying to cut down our payroll."

Trump, on Putin expelling U.S. diplomats: "I want to thank him because we are trying to cut down our payroll."

President Trump today thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for expelling 755 U.S. diplomatic staff, saying that "we are trying to cut down our payroll." Trump added that there's "no reason for them to go back" and that the U.S. is "going to save a lot of money." Putin's sweeping action came as a response to a bipartisan, unanimously approved bill imposing new sanctions on Russia for meddling in the 2016 election. President Trump signed off on the bill but noted it would hinder his ability to negotiate.

President Trump's comments, in full:

President Trump again insists Clinton was Russia's preferred candidate:

"I don't think Russia wants me because I want a strong military and I want low energy prices. Energy is a disaster, low energy prices is a disaster for Russia," Trump said.