From a pool report, Donald Trump's response to a reporter question about Russian leader Vladimir Putin's order that the United States cut the number of its diplomatic staff members by over 750, one of the most dramatic such moves against diplomatic personnel since the fall of the Soviet Union.

"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. There's no real reason for them to go back. I greatly appreciate the fact that we've been able to cut our payroll of the United States. We're going to save a lot of money."

The most charitable explanation is that the man is insane.