President Donald Trump revived his calls for Russia to be reinstated into the G7 group of major economies on Tuesday, saying that it is “much more appropriate to have Russia in,” the Hill reported.
Trump made the comments to reporters when he was meeting with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis in the Oval Office. “I guess President Obama, because Putin outsmarted him, President Obama thought it was not a good idea to have Russia in,” Trump told reporters. “That’s not the way it should work,” he later added.
The G7 summit will take place in France this week, including the leaders from France, Italy, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan and Germany, along with the U.S.
Trump recognizes that he could be criticized for appearing to favor Russia after the Mueller investigation, but he sincerely feels that Russia should be included with other major economies.
Russia was removed from the then-G8 after it took aggressive action to annex Crimea in 2014.
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