Well, we do it because the that's just the way it's always been done, and we expect other countries to accept the people we send over diplomatic credentials, even though sometimes they're not really our diplomats. You know, the CIA officers working in most countries are mostly accredited as diplomats, So there's sort of a wink and a nod that goes among countries and has for many years on this kind of thing. But when an episode like this comes up, it usually is a chance for, ah country to sort of clean house.
a little bit, right? Sounds like it kind of goes both ways. Yeah, it does. But basically, if we well know that Russians in this country are likely up to some espionage, it sounds like these expulsions are simply have a political act there, largely symbolic rather than a meaningful national.
security move. Well, look, you know diplomacy is often about statements is often about symbolism. It's often about drawing a line, even if it doesn't necessarily have a tangible impact, right. And that's why we keep looking to President Trump and asking him why he's not saying things in a stronger way. Because these things matter. They send signals. So to your point, what's.
the statement that President Trump or the Trump administration since he's been a little more quiet? What's the statement that the Trump administration is making here with these expulsions.
Well, the Trump administration.
is making the point that we A we stand with our ally and be we're not going to tolerate without some sort of response on attack on sovereignty like this, But we've often seen so far in the last 14 months is this duality of attitude toward Russia when it comes to the Trump administration, you've got. On the one hand, the administration itself, which sometimes takes actions like thes or use a strong words of condemnation sometimes expressed by Rex Tillerson when he was secretary of state or Nikki Haley is the U. N. Ambassador or others, and.
then you've got the president.
of states himself, who almost never says anything that would seem to be, you know, in conflict with Russia. Just last week, he called President Putin and congratulated here right on election that everybody else considered to be a sham, even though his own staff said, Do not congratulate and he didn't even mention the poisoning during this phone call. So there is a dichotomy between the president and the rest of his administration.