To most people, it is quite obvious that the president was only trolling Russian President Putin when he thanked him for expelling almost 800 US diplomats
“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,” Trump told reporters at his Bedminster, N.J. golf club.
“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,” he continued. “We’re going to save a lot of money.”
Liberals being liberals, they have managed to try to make this into a huge deal. Saying, Trump, is owned by Putin and that’s why he thanked Putin for the mass expulsion.
So by trying to troll Putin Trump also played the media because they didn’t get the joke.