Trump wrote off Novichok attack of defector as ‘spy games’ – report
Trump reportedly wrote off Skripal poisoning as business as usual among spies and was at first reluctant to expel 60 Russians
Donald Trump was reluctant to expel suspected Russian spies after the Novichok chemical weapons attack in Salisbury, viewing the poisoning of a defector as “part of legitimate spy games”, according to a new report.
According to the New York Times, Trump reacted sceptically to a British request in March 2018 for a strong punitive response to the use of the nerve agent against the former spy, Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. A local resident, Dawn Sturgess, was killed three months later when she came in contact with the chemical.