Trump reportedly thinking about returning two of Russia's alleged spy compounds

Michele Moreno
June 2, 2017

The Washington Post wrote that the Trump administration is moving toward handing back to Russian Federation two diplomatic compounds in New York City and Maryland, which were shut down by the Obama administration.

"President Obama closed those two compounds because of Russia's attacks on our democracy", Perez said in a statement. Trump's willingness to give them back shows where his allegiances are: with Putin and not with the American people.

Its officials were thrown out of the compounds in December by the erstwhile Obama administration for Moscow's alleged interference in the 2016 presidential elections.

President Obama ordered Russian to abandon the compounds on December 29, the same day his administration announced the expulsion of almost three dozen alleged "intelligence operatives" amid lingering concerns involving Moscow's role in last year's White House race.

"There has to be a cost and a outcome for what Russian Federation has done", an anonymous Obama administration official told The Guardian at the time.

President Donald Trump responded to Obama's executive action by telling reporters "I think we ought to get on with our lives".

A senior USA official who deals with foreign policy told NBC News that he hadn't heard about the purported initiative to restore Russia's rights at the two compounds, but he said the Trump administration is intent on improving relations despite investigations into alleged Russian interference. "That's why they kicked out 35 diplomats who may have been spies".

R.C. Hammond, senior communications adviser for the State Department, told the newspaper in a statement that "The U.S. and Russian Federation have reached no agreements. This is yet another red flag about the Trump administration's cozy relationship with the Kremlin".

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California took to social media to express bafflement that the Trump administration would even consider returning the compounds to Russian officials.

Then-Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin at the time shamed the US for emptying the compound out during the holiday season. "They were also sensitive compartmented information facilities and intelligence collection facilities", said Malcolm Nance, an MSNBC terrorism analyst and retired Navy officer.

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