Trump praises Putin for non-response to Obama’s sanctions

After Vladimir Putin said he would not respond to President Barack Obama’s order to expel 35 Russian diplomats and shut down two Russian compounds over the hacking sandal, US President-election Donald Trump tweeted Friday night: “Great move (by Putin) – I always knew he was very smart.”

The Russian president said he would not "stoop" to the level of "irresponsible diplomacy," but would work to restore ties with America under President-elect Donald Trump.

Trump arranged to meet US intelligence chiefs next week to hear their evidence for alleging that Russian intelligence hackers meddled in the US presidential election.

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