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President Trump is not at all fazed by President Vladimir Putin’s decision to expel 755 American diplomats from Russia. In fact, Trump is actually thankful! Putin did him a solid.

On Wednesday, a reporter asked if Trump had any response to Putin, who dismissed the diplomats as retribution for a new round of sanctions levied on Russia. Without pause, Trump said he wanted to “thank” the Russian president for the dismissal.

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“I want to thank him because we’re trying to cut down on 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,” Trump said during a press conference at his Bedminster, NJ, golf club. “There’s no real reason for them to go back. So I greatly appreciate the fact that we’ve been able to cut our payroll of the United States. We’ll save a lot of money.”

While The New York Times noted that Trump delivered the remark with a “somewhat light tone,” video of the exchange kinda makes it seem like he’s serious. At minimum, Trump’s reply is impulsive; there’s barely a second between his answer and when the reporter finishes the question.

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Trump’s comments are unsurprising given his tendency to “improvise.” It is especially odd, however, that a man who rose to reality TV superstardom from the phrase “you’re fired” would be relieved that someone else trimmed the payroll for him.