Russian President Vladimir Putin has opted to demonstrate just how insignificant and childish he views the expulsion of 35 diplomats in a temper tantrum and desperate grasp for fleeting importance by Hussein Obama. Putin characterized the actions of the lame duckling facing his impending irrelevance as “lame” in a tweet that preceded his written statement. He then went on to take the high road by refusing to respond in kind as is customary, by similarly expelling American diplomats. In case you were busy watching “The View” or “Dancing With The Stars,” and werent paying attention, Mr. Obama, you just got checkmated.
President Putin wrote on December 30th:
New unfriendly steps of the US outgoing administration are seen as a provocation aimed at further undermining the Russian-American relations. This is clearly contrary to the fundamental interests of both Russian and American peoples. Taking into account the special responsibility of Russia and the United States for the preservation of global security – such actions inflict damage upon the whole complex of international relations.
According to the prevailing international practice, the Russian side has every right for an adequate response. Reserving the right to retaliate, we will not stoop to the level of “kitchen” irresponsible diplomacy and further steps towards the restoration of Russian-American relations will be built on the basis of policy, which we will carry out the administration of President Donald Trump.
Returning to their homeland, Russian diplomats will spend the New Year holidays in the circle of relatives and friends – at home. We will not create problems for American diplomats. We will not send anyone. We will not prohibit their families and children to use for their usual vacation spots in the New Year’s holidays. Moreover, all children of American diplomats accredited in Russia, I invite you to New Year’s and Christmas tree in the Kremlin.
It is a pity that the President Obama administration completes its work this way, but, nevertheless, I congratulate him and his family a Happy New Year.
Congratulations and elected President Donald Trump, the American people!
I wish all welfare and prosperity!
If Obama had any shame, this would be the time for him to slither back under his rock, once again humiliated on the national stage by Vladimir Putin. Maybe Ben Rhodes can make up a good face-saving story for him – Everybody was at John Podesta’s place enjoying their cheese pizza and watching fake news on MSNBC, when this YouTube video came on about the Russians. What do you think, Ben, can you make something “Sunday shows quality” along those lines?
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