JACKSON, Tenn. – U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement regarding steps taken by the Trump administration to regain parity in our diplomatic relationship by forcing the Russian government to close its consulate in San Francisco, a chancery annex in Washington, D.C., and a consular annex in New York City. The action follows recent demands by President Vladimir Putin that the U.S. reduce its footprint in Russia.
“The Russian government has a long history of harassing American diplomats, and for the last eight years, President Putin has been emboldened by, among other things, the lack of consequences for these actions,” said Corker. “The steps taken today by President Trump and his administration are wholly appropriate, and I am pleased the administration has signaled that it is prepared to take further action if necessary.”