I want to thank him because we’re trying to cut down our payroll and as far as I’m concerned I’m very thankful that he let go of a large number of people because now we have a smaller payroll. There’s no real reason for them to go back. I greatly appreciate the fact that we’ve been able to cut our payroll of the United States. We’re going to save a lot of money.
– President Donald J. Trump, August 10, 2017, in response to Vladimir Putin punishing the U.S. by expelling hundreds of U.S. diplomats and aid workers.