Russian President Vladimir Putin recently ordered the United States to cut 755 diplomatic staff in Russia, but that did not faze President Donald Trump.

On Thursday, in a conversation with reporters in New Jersey, Trump thanked the Russian leader for the move.

“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," he said.

"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,” continued Trump.

Putin’s announcement at the end of July came in response to the Senate approving a bill imposing sanctions on Russia, North Korea and Iran by an overwhelming majority of 98-2.

Trump signed the bill into law last week even though he said the Russia sanctions were “seriously flawed”.

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