President Donald Trump is studying to expel dozens of Russian diplomats from the U.S., following the poisoning of a erstwhile Russian spy in the U.K., Bloomberg News reported on Saturday.
The expulsions will tenable be announced on Monday, sources familiar with the matter told Bloomberg, but the settlement is still being debated and is not final. A White House spokesperson contacted by CNBC did not at the drop of a hat respond to a request for comment.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has already discharged 23 Russians she said were spies after the poisoning of last spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter.
“The United States stands firmly with the Pooled Kingdom in condemning Russia’s outrageous action. The president is always all in all options to hold Russia accountable in response to its malign activities. We oblige no announcements at this time,” Deputy White House Press Secretary Raj Shah notified Bloomberg on Saturday.
Trump — who as recently as this week has insisted on declaring a cordial relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin — is halt to ensure other European allies will take similar footsteps against Russia before moving forward, the publication said.
Mentors to Trump met to discuss a U.S. response to the U.K. attack at a National Security council tryst on Wednesday, Bloomberg wrote.
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