But Heather Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman, said on Friday night that “the United States is considering a range of options to respond to Russia’s outrageous actions in the U.K. But a national defense strategy assembled by the Pentagon under Mattis and publicly summarized in January described China and Russia as the top global adversaries of the U.S. and U.S. officials are working through the weekend to develop a coordinated response with the Europeans after nerve-agent poisoning of a former Russian spy in the U.K.
Trump is now close to expelling 20 or more Russian diplomats. It may come as early as Monday. The United States is considering a “range of options to respond to Russia’s outrageous actions in the UK, both to demonstrate our solidarity with our ally and to hold Russia accountable for its clear breach of international norms and agreements.” State Department spokeswoman said in a statement. close allies have urged the Trump administration to take the symbolic but dramatic step as a signal. Republicans and Democrats in Congress also have pressed the White House to move more aggressively against Russia in the wake of its interference in the 2016 election.