Trump Praises ‘Very Smart’ Putin on Sanctions Response

Washington, US president-elect Donald Trump praised as “very smart” for not retaliating against the US for new sanctions unveiled this week.

“Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart!” Trump said via Twitter.

Minutes after Trump’s tweet, the Russian Embassy in the United States of America retweeted the message on its account.

President Obama on Friday announced that 35 Russian officials were being expelled from the US as well as a wide swath of economic sanctions.

The move was in retaliation after the US intelligence community determined that Russia was behind hacks of Democratic operatives and groups during the election.

A secret CIA assessment reportedly determined that the Kremlin interfered in the election specifically to get Trump elected.

Russia and Trump have denied Moscow interfered in the election, with Trump framing the accusations as an attempt to delegitimize his Election Day victory.

Trump said in a statement Thursday evening that he will meet with the intelligence community for an update on the “facts of this situation”.

Putin on Friday announced he wouldn’t retaliate for Obama’s sanctions, instead waiting to work with Trump after his inauguration in January.

Source: Qatar News Agency