Putin refuses to expel US diplomats, Trump applauds

US President-elect Donald Trump praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for not reacting immediately to Washington's move to punish it over alleged election-related interferencePresident-elect Donald Trump praised President Vladimir Putin for refraining from tit-for-tat expulsions of Americans in response to US punitive measures over alleged Russian interference in the November election. Putin’s decision came despite the foreign ministry asking him to send home 35 US diplomats after President Barack Obama had expelled the same number of Russian staff. Trump’s intervention — in a tweet — however illustrated the shifting political tide in Washington, barely three weeks before the Republican is due to succeed Obama at the White House.

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