Trump administration expels 60 Russian officers | Did Trump really just get a spin?
The Trump administration on Monday ordered the expulsion of 60 Russian intelligence and diplomatic officers in New York and Washington and the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle in retaliation for the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain.Twelve Russian diplomats at the United Nations in New York and 48 at the Russian embassy in Washington face expulsion by the U.S. government for what senior administration officials described as covert intelligence operations that undermine U.S. national security.
The U.S. government also is closing the Russian consulate in Seattle, which senior administration officials said they believe has served as a key outpost in Russia’s intelligence operations.
The moves announced Monday are the Trump administration’s toughest response yet to the March 4 nerve-agent attack in Salisbury by Russia that critically injured a former spy, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter Yulia.
Twelve Russian diplomats at the United Nations and 48 at the Russian embassy in Washington face expulsion over the nerve-agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.