Trump, Britain's Theresa May discuss clamping down on Russian spy work

Trump, Britain's Theresa May discuss clamping down on Russian spy work
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpIran claims it rejected Trump meeting requests 8 times ESPY host jokes Putin was as happy after Trump summit as Ovechkin winning Stanley Cup Russian ambassador: Trump made ‘verbal agreements’ with Putin MORE and British Prime Minister Theresa May discussed ways to clamp down on Russian spy work during a phone call on Wednesday.

"Both leaders agreed on the importance of dismantling Russia’s spy networks in the United Kingdom and the United States to curtail Russian clandestine activities and prevent future chemical weapons attacks on either country’s soil," the White House said in a readout of the call. 

The call comes as the U.S. and U.K. are responding to the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, who are living in the U.K. 

The U.K. expelled 23 Russians last week after a government investigation determined that the nerve agent attack was carried out by Moscow. 

The Trump administration announced on Monday that it will banish dozens of Russian diplomats from the U.S. in the wake of the attack, while at least 21 nations — mainly from Europe — have ordered more than 135 Russian diplomats to leave their nations. 

The White House also said the two leaders discussed how the passage of the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act could ensure better law enforcement cooperation between countries. 

The legislation, which has been led by Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsImmigration overhaul on life support in the House Time to set politics aside to move ahead on criminal justice reform Don’t kick the can down the road on prison reform — now is the time for change MORE (R-Ga.) in the House and Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchDon't place all your hopes — or fears — on a new Supreme Court justice The Hill's Morning Report — Trump’s walk-back fails to stem outrage on Putin meeting On The Money: Fed chief lays out risks of trade war | Senate floats new Russia sanctions amid Trump backlash | House passes bill to boost business investment MORE (R-Utah) in the Senate, permits investigators to obtain electronic information stored anywhere in the world by technology firms.

It would also make it simpler for U.S. officials to enter into formal agreements with other nations for cross-border investigative requests for digital evidence.

The call also comes as U.S. officials warn of possible Russian interference in the 2018 U.S. midterm elections, as well as elections abroad. 

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenHillicon Valley: EU hits Google with record B fine | Trump tries to clarify Russia remarks | Sinclair changing deal to win over FCC | Election security bill gets traction | Robocall firm exposed voter data Court rules against Trump administration on transgender military ban The Hill's Morning Report — Trump’s walk-back fails to stem outrage on Putin meeting MORE warned a group of 80 diplomats, including the Russian ambassador, last week that the U.S. would retaliate if other nations meddled in upcoming U.S. elections.