Russians leave compounds in Maryland and New York after U.S. President Obama abruptly ordered them to close, saying they had been “used by Russian personnel for intelligence-related purposes.” Jillian Kitchener reports.
Under U.S. President Obama's order, members of Russia's diplomatic circles are leaving their sprawling waterfront estate in Maryland. …Obama closed the estate for what officials believe was Russian interference in November's election. The president said THIS compound was used by "Russian personnel for intelligence-related purposes." The compound in Glen Cove, New York was also shut down… something Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said was "scandalous." (SOUNDBITE) UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, SAYING: "They know full well that those two facilities, which they mentioned in their notes, they are vacation facilities for our kids…" Along the same lines, thirty-five suspected Russian spies have been expelled by the U.S. - many arriving with their families at the Russian Embassy in Washington, Friday. Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would wait for Donald Trump to come into power before responding. Trump called Putin's reaction on Twitter a "great move", saying "I always knew he was very smart."