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Trump prepared to condemn Russia for poisoning of ex-spy

Donald Trump speaks in West Chester Ohio
Donald Trump speaks during a stop in West Chester, Ohio.

President Trump said Tuesday he will rely on British officials to determine whether Russia was involved in the poisoning of an ex-spy in London, adding he is prepared to condemn Moscow "as soon as we get the facts straight."

"It sounds to me like they believe it was Russia and I would certainly take that finding as fact," Trump told reporters, referring to British Prime Minister Theresa May and members of the U.K. government.

The president is expected to speak with May on Tuesday, a day after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson — whose firing was announced earlier Tuesday — said the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter was "a really egregious act" that "clearly" came from Russia.

Tillerson told reporters during a trip to Africa the nerve-agent poisoning act would "certainly trigger a response."

Trump said Tuesday that "based on all the evidence," it appears as though the attack was carried out by Russian operatives.

"As soon as we get the facts straight, if we agree with them, we will condemn Russia or whoever it may be," he added.