"They should let Russia back in.” President Donald Trump said Friday that he believes Russia should be reinstated into the Group of Seven of world leading economies, despite the president's own intentions to cut short his attendance at the group's upcoming summit in Quebec.
Pres. Trump calls for nations to reinstate Russia ahead of G-7 summit: "In the G-7, which used to be the G-8, they threw Russia out. They should let Russia back in, because we should have Russia at the negotiating table." https://t.co/CThVgrq6ll pic.twitter.com/kUlzpmLwGh— ABC News (@ABC) June 8, 2018
Russian President Vladimir Putin was ostracized from the G7 after unilaterally annexing Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, which drove the US and its closest allies to impose sanctions on Russia as a punishment that still remains in effect.
The G7 consists
Cutting the trip short: Trump's announcement Friday, which came right before leaving for the summit that will take place on Friday and Saturday in the Canadian town of
The upcoming summit has recently attracted heavy global attention as a result of Trump's recent decision to slap tariffs on some of the US's closest allies.
With a trade war looming and straining relations between the US and ally Western democracies, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that she expects the summit to be "contentious."
Other G7 members have not been shy to condemn Trump. On Wednesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had a testy phone call with President Trump in which Trump incorrectly told Trudeau that Canada burned down the White House during the War of 1812.
Tensions only escalated further on Thursday when
The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be. Because these 6 countries represent values, they represent an economic market which has the weight of history behind it and which is now a true international force https://t.co/UA86fcjozs— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) June 7, 2018
Trump stood his own (Twitter is his stage, after all), and blamed the EU for its history of trade imbalance with the US.
Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the U.S. massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers. The EU trade surplus with the U.S. is $151 Billion, and Canada keeps our farmers and others out. Look forward to seeing them tomorrow.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 7, 2018
Jon Wolfsthal, director of the Nuclear Crisis Group and Former Special Assistant to Barack Obama, tweeted Friday morning that Trump's isolationist approach was "weakening America" and even putting the country at risk.
If Russia wants to be G-7 or 8 member on economic size alone, it has to get in line behind China, Brazil and India. South Korea's economy almost as large as Russia. They should be considered well before Russia as a democratic and rule-based state. #hardpass https://t.co/eckqGO0aRT— Jon B. "Globalist" Wolfsthal (@JBWolfsthal) June 8, 2018
Scott Dworkin, co-founder of the "Democratic Coalition" organization and frequent MSNBC contributor, also scolded the president, accusing him of treason and of "kissing Putin's ass."
Trump’s committing treason and hurting our national security by advocating for Russia to rejoin the G-7. Russia’s still hurting America daily. Trump’s still kissing Putin’s ass like he owes him something. And Republicans let him stay in office. They’ll pay for it in November.— Scott Dworkin (@funder) June 8, 2018
Dr. Gina Gentry Loudon, a frequent Fox News guest and who currently serves on the Donald J. Trump for
Since the last G7 a year ago, President Trump has pulled out of the TPP - Paris climate accord - Iran deal - and now he is fixing our international trade deals.— Gina Gentry Loudon (@RealDrGina) June 8, 2018
The G7 leaders can threaten to isolate the US... but the US is already going it alone. Trump has decided to lead.
hilarious how the talking heads describe Trump's attitude to G7 allies over trade as "unprecedented", as if that in itself is a valid criticism.— steve hilton (@SteveHiltonx) June 8, 2018
when the precedent is bad - unfair trade rules - surely "unprecedented" is exactly what working people need?https://t.co/CSc1Z8BTiu