Senior administration officials also revealed on Monday that at least 12 of the Russians were faking diplomatic status in the U.S.
The decision sends a clear message to the Kremlin that actions have consequences.
The administration chose to close the Seattle consulate because it is located close to Boeing and U.S. submarine bases.
“With these steps, the United States and our allies and partners make clear to Russia that its actions have consequences,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced.
She added: “The United States stands ready to cooperate to build a better relationship with Russia, but this can only happen with a change in the Russian government’s behavior.”
The decision follows an announcement from British Prime Minister Theresa May last week that the U.K. would be expelling 23 Russian diplomats.
The move is in retaliation to the Kremlin allegedly using a nerve agent to poison Sergei Skripal — a former Russian spy — and his daughter in the U.K. earlier this month.
Russia has denied having any involvement in the plot, but world leaders are standing united in sending a bold message to Moscow.
At a recent summit in Brussels, 28 European Union leaders agreed it is “highly likely” Russia carried out the attack in Britain.
Last week, the U.S. also announced a new round of financial sanctions against Russia for interfering in the 2016 presidential election.
Trump’s decision to sanction Russia not only destroys the collusion theories from liberals, it shows the president will be tough with Moscow when necessary.
The sanctions package specifically identified 19 Russia nationals and other entities for using cyberattacks against the U.S. energy grid, U.S.-based companies, and American citizens.
The Trump administration is sending a clear message that it will not allow Russia to carry out attacks across the globe without being punished.
While democrats claim Trump is colluding with Russia, this is the second major action taken by the president this month against Russian President Vladimir Putin.
There goes the liberals narrative.