U.S. Joins Mass Expulsion Of Russian Officials Over U.K. Poisoning Attack

People stand in a hallway outside the 25th floor closed Russian consulate Monday, March 26, 2018, in Seattle. The United States and more than a dozen European nations kicked out Russian diplomats on Monday and the Trump administration ordered Russia’s consulate in Seattle to close, as the West sought joint punishment for Moscow’s alleged role in poisoning an ex-spy in Britain.
People stand in a hallway outside the 25th floor closed Russian consulate Monday, March 26, 2018, in Seattle. The United States and more than a dozen European nations kicked out Russian diplomats on Monday and the Trump administration ordered Russia's consulate in Seattle to close, as the West sought joint punishment for Moscow's alleged role in poisoning an ex-spy in Britain. AP Photo/Elaine Thompson
People stand in a hallway outside the 25th floor closed Russian consulate Monday, March 26, 2018, in Seattle. The United States and more than a dozen European nations kicked out Russian diplomats on Monday and the Trump administration ordered Russia’s consulate in Seattle to close, as the West sought joint punishment for Moscow’s alleged role in poisoning an ex-spy in Britain.
People stand in a hallway outside the 25th floor closed Russian consulate Monday, March 26, 2018, in Seattle. The United States and more than a dozen European nations kicked out Russian diplomats on Monday and the Trump administration ordered Russia's consulate in Seattle to close, as the West sought joint punishment for Moscow's alleged role in poisoning an ex-spy in Britain. AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

U.S. Joins Mass Expulsion Of Russian Officials Over U.K. Poisoning Attack

In a sign of solidarity with the U.K., the U.S. joined a growing number of countries to expel Russian diplomats. Former spy Sergei Skripal was poisoned earlier this month with a nerve agent, known to have been developed by Russia. The Russian government denies the attack that happened on British soil. Observers wondered if the Trump administration would join the united front against Russia, especially after President Trump congratulated Vladimir Putin on his recent Presidential election win. But on Monday, the U.S. ordered the close of Russia’s consulate in Seattle and gave 60 Russian diplomats seven days to leave the country. To discuss, we’re joined by David Satter, a former Russia correspondent and author of several books on the former Soviet Union.