Trump had said he "greatly" appreciated Putin's help
President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit, Friday, July 7, 2017, in Hamburg. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci), photo: AP/Evan Vucci
11 of August 2017 19:18:17
BEDMINSTER – President Donald Trump said he was not being serious when he thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for ordering a drastic reduction in the number of U.S. diplomatic employees and saving the U.S. significant cash."Absolutely, I think you know that," Trump told reporters Friday when asked about the comments he made a day earlier.Trump had said he "greatly" appreciated Putin's help cutting down the State Department's payroll. At the time, it was unclear whether he was joking.