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 TrumpGrassley: Dems 'withheld information' on new Kavanaugh allegation Health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children Groups plan mass walkout in support of Kavanaugh accuser 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. 

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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 CollinsHouse Republicans confident there won't be a government shutdown Lawmakers move to award posthumous Congressional Gold Medal to Aretha Franklin Connect Beltway to America to get federal criminal justice reform done MORE (R-Ga.) in the House and Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchDems see Kavanaugh saga as playing to their advantage Kavanaugh accuser agrees to testify next week Judiciary Dems say GOP treating Kavanaugh accuser worse than Anita Hill 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 NielsenFEMA head to reimburse government for use of federal vehicles: report US to prioritize attacks against foreign adversaries under new cyber strategy Paddlers sue Trump over frequent golf visits shutting down the Potomac River 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.