Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul was not happy with Trump’s latest comments regarding Russia.
Trump recently spoke to reporters about Russia’s decision to greatly reduce the United States diplomatic staff in Russia.
“I want to thank him [Putin] because we’re trying to cut down our payroll and as far as I’m concerned I’m very thankful that he let go of a large number of people because now we have a smaller payroll,” Trump said.
Former U.S. Ambassador McFaul was outraged at Trump’s statement and blasted the president in a series of tweets.
“Trump just applauded cuts of 755 in Russia embassy. Maybe he should look to trim his own staff?” he tweeted.
McFaul continued, tweeting, “You realize Mr. President that the State Dept organizes US delegations to GES — those same people you just said were not needed in Russia. Our diplomats, professional staff, and military serving in Russia provide Washington with invaluable information about Russia.”
He continued to bash Trump, stating, “Imagine wanting to know less about Russia’s military modernization! That’s what Trump praised today. Imagine wanting to know less about Russian foreign policy intentions and plans! That’s what embassy personnel reductions will do. Imagine dissing Americans –patriots serving our country under difficult conditions in Russia -to praise Putin. Our president did today.”