When Russian President Vladimir Putin expelled 755 U.S. diplomats from the Russian Federation, instead of criticizing him, President Donald Trump defended him.

Trump’s ludicrous decision instigated a lot of criticism from media, including former CNN correspondent and prominent Muslim activist Reza Aslan, who took to Twitter this afternoon to react to the President’s comment.

Putin’s decision was in response to Trump’s signing of a bipartisan sanctions bill against Russia (as well as Iran and North Korea). But Trump tried to pass off the move claiming that it was a good thing that Putin did as it helps us “save on our payroll:”

“I want to thank him because we’re trying to cut down our payroll and as far as I’m concerned I’m very thankful that he let go of a large number of people because now we have a smaller payroll,”

Aslan clearly points out that this is a stunningly poor excuse for those diplomats are not in the pay of the Russian government but are employed by the U.S government.

It just goes to show that President Trump will do anything and give any excuse to avoid provoking Vladimir Putin – and we need to replace him with a President who will stand up to Russia and punish them for their interference in our election.