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Trump Praises Putin for Rejecting In-Kind Response to Obama

  • President-elect calls Russian leader ‘very smart’ in tweet
  • Obama acted over alleged Russian interference in 2016 vote
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Putin Decides Against Expelling U.S. Diplomats

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President-elect Donald Trump praised Vladimir Putin as “very smart” after the Russian leader ruled out a tit-for-tat retaliation for the Obama administration’s expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats over cyberattacks aimed at interfering with the U.S. election.

“Great move on delay (by V. Putin) - I always knew he was very smart!” Trump wrote on Twitter Friday, hours after Putin said Russia won’t order U.S. diplomats out of the country in reaction to President Barack Obama’s action the day before.