President Trump on Monday stated he would “certainly” invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to attend next year’s Group of Seven (G-7) summit when the United States hosts it.
Trump stated during a press conference on the close of this weekend’s G-7 summit in France; He would certainly invite him. Whether or not he might come psychologically, He believes that’s a severe factor for him to do.
Russia was expelled in 2014 from what was then the G-8 over its annexation of Ukraine’s the Crimean Peninsula. It has faced additional international backlash for interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and poisoning a former Russian spy living in the U.K.
Trump has previously floated readmitting Russia to the group.
Trump stated forward of final year’s G-7 assembly, whether they like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but Trump organization have a world to run. And within the G-7, which used to be the G-8, they threw Russia out. They need to let Russia come back in because we should have Russia on the negotiating table.
Trump claimed this weekend that multiple other G-7 attendees signaled they would support readmitting Russia to the group. But he didn’t present any names or particular accounts, and other world leaders have stated Russia rejoining would be contingent on de-escalating its involvement in Ukraine.
On Monday, he said it would be better to include Russia, even if it comes at a political price.
The United States will serve as host of subsequent year’s annual gathering of world leaders. As head of the host nation, Trump can invite heads of state who aren’t part of the G-7.
Trump added that he was not sure if Putin would settle for an invite because “he is a proud person” and will not feel snug rejoining a group that he was solid out of.
Trump has blamed former President Obama for Russia’s annexation of Crimea, repeating during Monday’s press conference that his predecessor was “outsmarted” by Putin.
Pressed by a reporter on why he kept repeating that line when many viewed it as a misleading characterization of events, Trump said he would have owned up to it if Crimea was annexed during his administration and said again that he felt Obama was “outsmarted.”
Trump said Monday he is giving strong consideration to holding next year’s G-7 summit at his Doral golf resort near Miami.