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Trump reportedly mulls expelling Russian diplomats over U.K. poisoning

President Trump is considering expelling at least 20 Russian diplomats from the United States, The Washington Post reported Saturday night, in response to the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter who now live in England.

The U.S., U.K., France, and Germany have blamed the nerve gas attack on Moscow, which denies the accusation. Britain already expelled 23 Russian diplomats, and Russia returned the favor.

A State Department representative described expulsion as one of several options "to demonstrate our solidarity with our ally and to hold Russia accountable for its clear breach of international norms and agreements." She declined to list other possibilities on the table.