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Black Smoke Seen Billowing From Russian Consulate Trump Ordered Closed, Firefighters Turned Away

ABC 7 San Francisco TV Journalist Lonni Rivera (Twitter @lonnirivera)

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Black Smoke Seen Billowing From Russian Consulate Trump Ordered Closed, Firefighters Turned Away




Black smoke was seen billowing from a chimney on the roof of the Russian consulate in San Francisco that President Trump ordered closed on Thursday, the Associated Press reported.

Getty Images photographer Justin Sullivan tweeted a photo of the black smoke emitting from the consulate’s chimney.

This comes just a day before the occupants of the consulate were forced to vacate.

“The United States has fully implemented the decision by the Government of the Russian Federation to reduce the size of our mission in Russia,” State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement. “We believe this action was unwarranted and detrimental to the overall relationship between our countries.”




The Hill added:

The order following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s reduction of the number of U.S. diplomatic personnel in Russia by an estimated 755 people in response to new U.S. sanctions levied against the country.

“With this action both countries will remain with three consulates each,” Nauert said Thursday. “While there will continue to be a disparity in the number of diplomatic and consular annexes, we have chosen to allow the Russian Government to maintain some of its annexes in an effort to arrest the downward spiral in our relationship.”

The Associated Press reported that local firefighters were turned away by consulate officials when they arrived in response to the smoke.

An Associated Press reporter heard people who came from inside the building tell firefighters that there was no problem and that consulate staff were burning unidentified items in a fireplace.

It was more than 95 degrees in San Fransisco on Friday.

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