White House

Trump Repeats Call for Russia to Rejoin G-7

President Trump and Russia’s President Putin shake hands during a news conference after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

President Trump on Tuesday said that he thinks it would be “much more appropriate” to allow Russia to reenter the G-7 group of major economic powers after it was suspended from the group in 2014 following its annexation of Crimea.

“We talk about Russia because I’ve been to numerous G-7 meetings,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office during a meeting with Romanian president Klaus Iohannis. “I think it’s much more appropriate to have Russia in. I guess President Obama — because Putin outsmarted him, President Obama thought it was not a good idea to have Russia in. That’s not the way it should work.”

Russia was suspended from the group, then the G-8, in 2014 for annexing Crimea from Ukraine. In January 2017, it decided to permanently leave the conference.

“International law prohibits the acquisition of part or all of another state’s territory through coercion or force,” a statement from G-7 leaders said at the time. “We condemn the illegal referendum held in Crimea in violation of Ukraine’s constitution.

Trump is set to attend the annual G-7 meeting in the coming days and confer with the leaders of the other member countries — France, Italy, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, and Germany — which, along with the U.S., represent 58 percent of the world’s wealth. Before the last G-7 meeting, Trump said his view may not be “politically correct,” but it is practical.

“Whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run,” Trump said. “They should let Russia come back in because we should have Russia at the negotiating table.”

Most Popular


How to Bend the News

This, from ABC, is a nice example of a news organization deliberately bending the truth in order to advance a narrative that it wishes were true but is not: Venerable gun manufacturer Colt says it will stop producing the AR-15, among other rifles, for the consumer market in the wake of many recent mass ... Read More

George Packer Gets Mugged by Reality

Few journalists are as respected by, and respectable to, liberals as The Atlantic’s George Packer. The author of The Assassin's Gate (2005), The Unwinding (2013), and a recently published biography of Richard Holbrooke, Our Man, Packer has written for bastions of liberal thought from the New York Times Magazine ... Read More

Trump’s Total Culture War

 Donald Trump is waging a nonstop, all-encompassing war against progressive culture, in magnitude analogous to what 19th-century Germans once called a Kulturkampf. As a result, not even former president George W. Bush has incurred the degree of hatred from the left that is now directed at Trump. For most of ... Read More

Iran’s Act of War

Last weekend’s drone raid on the Saudi oil fields, along with the Israeli elections, opens a new chapter in Middle Eastern relations. Whether the attack on Saudi oil production, which has temporarily stopped more than half of it, was launched by Iranian-sponsored Yemeni Houthis or by the Iranians themselves is ... Read More