President Donald Trump will expel dozens of Russian diplomats from the US in retaliation for the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the U.K., according to a new report from Bloomberg.
Two sources close to the Trump administration said the president took the advice received by the National Security Council and will proceed with the expulsion.
The decision could be announced as early as Monday, but the sources warned Trump could change his mind on the matter. He first wants to be sure European allies will also follow with similar steps.
Prime minister Theresa May believes the Kremlin is behind the poisoning. She’s already expelled 23 Russian diplomats she says were undercover spies disguised as embassy staff to carry out intelligence activity.
The move constitutes the UK’s biggest expulsion of Russian diplomats since the Cold War.
Deputy White House Press Secretary Raj Shah told Bloomberg on Saturday:
“The United States stands firmly with the United Kingdom in condemning Russia’s outrageous action. The president is always considering options to hold Russia accountable in response to its malign activities.”