US slaps sanctions on Russia, expels 35 diplomats

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has imposed sanctions on Russian officials and intelligence services in retaliation for Russia’s interference in the U.S. presidential election by hacking American political sites and email accounts.

The State Department also has kicked out 35 Russian diplomats from its embassy in Washington and consulate in San Francisco, giving them and their families 72 hours to leave the U.S. The diplomats were declared persona non grata for acting in a “manner inconsistent with their diplomatic status.”

Obama said Russians will no longer have access to two Russian government-owned compounds in the United States, in Maryland and in New York.

Russian officials have denied the Obama administration’s accusation that the Russian government was trying to influence the U.S. presidential election.

U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russia’s goal was to help Donald Trump win — an assessment Trump has dismissed as ridiculous.

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  • steve thomas

    What in the hell is this nut job doing? Trying to start a war with Russia with three weeks left so the onus of cleaning up the mess is for Trump to worry about. All this for an undocumented claim that the Russians cost the Democrats an election that they were going to lose anyway by running another lying narcissist like himself. Don’t misunderstand, I wouldn’t trust Putin for a minute, but Putin knows what he’s doing. Obama’s lost what little sanity he had to begin with.

  • J.B.

    Hillary and Obama -It was the Russians! They hacked our email server and stole those emails!
    Putin –Hacked? like what, with a hacksaw or something?

    • No PC For Me

      With any luck…yes.
      I’m a firm believer in a multi party system but the last 8 years have shown the Dems have been hijacked by radicals.

  • Michigan Native

    So now he wants to kick out diplomats AFTER he issued an executive order to allow illegal immigrants to stay here. If I were the Russians, I wouldn’t leave and I point to the Obama order as proof that they can stay.