Defying expectations, and the meme war provocations by his own country's diplomatic corps, Russian president Vladimir Putin announced today that Russia would not expel American diplomats or respond immediately in any other way to the Obama administration's decision to expel 35 Russian diplomats.

After the Obama administration announced sanctions against Russian intelligence due to their alleged involvement in hacking the DNC and expelled 35 diplomatic corps members suspected of spying on America, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavorv said that he would ask President Putin to expel 35 American diplomats in response.

However, Putin announced that rather than expel any American diplomats from the country, he would welcome them and their families to a New Year's Eve party at the Kremlin, and "in our future steps on the way toward the restoration of Russia-U.S. relations, we will proceed from the policy pursued by the administration of D. Trump."

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also brought up Trump in a statement of his own, telling reporters, "We proceed from the premise that these decisions were taken by President Obama, and that in three weeks Donald Trump will be the new head of state."

With statements from both Putin and his spokesman in support of Trump, we draw closer to the fulfillment of the Miss Universe prophesy:

As for the continuing reaction to the sanctions themselves, a Russian IT specialist told the Daily Beast that "These sanctions against FSB and GRU are a joke. These cyber forces are non-official, it is the same as imposing sanctions against ghost." And in America, conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation put out a video scored by late period Steven Seagal-level action music accusing the Obama administration of weakness on Russia, and looking forward to a return of dealing with the country from a position of strength.

Fortunately for Heritage, our best and brightest are on the case: