Donald Trump claims G7 has Vladimir Putin ‘in the room’ for the summit and credits the Kremlin strongman with ‘saving’ oil jobs in Texas, despite other leaders’ veto over Russia’s re-invitation
- Trump said he wants Russian President Vladimir Putin to join the G7 if he hosts
- Half of the meeting is devoted to Russia, and if he were there it would be much easier to resolve. He used to be, “Trump told the FOX News Radio show.
- Russia was expelled from the then G8 in 2014 because of its actions in Crimea
- Trump and Putin spoke on Monday and Trump invited him to attend the G7 meeting
- The G7 leaders will meet in September
- Other leaders questioned whether Russia would return to the fold
- All leaders must agree on new G7 members, but as a top host, Trump can invite any guest of his choice
President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he wants his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to attend when he organizes a meeting of world leaders for a G7 summit later this year.
Trump said it was time for Russia to rejoin the group, which was originally known as the G8.
“We have a G7. He is not here. Half of the meeting is dedicated to Russia, and if he were there it would be much easier to resolve. He used to be, “the president told Brian Kilmeade’s FOX News Radio Show.
Trump called it a “common sense” decision.
The problem is that many of the things we talk about are about Putin. So we’re just wasting time, because then you have to finish your meeting and someone has to call Putin or deal with Putin about different things. And I say have him in the room. Bring him into the room. It used to be the G8 of some kind – and I’m not saying I deserve it or not. I say common sense. Get things done, ”he said.
President Donald Trump – seen on Monday with first lady Melania Trump at the National Shrine – said he wanted to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to the next G7 meeting
President Trump has said he would like to see Russian President Vladimir Putin part of the G7 group after Moscow was suspended in 2014 for his actions in Crimea
During President Barack Obama’s tenure, Russia was suspended from the G8 indefinitely after invading the Crimean region of Ukraine in 2014. It declared the area part of Russia.
Trump praised Putin for saving American oil jobs.
‘H helped us with the oil industry, which was also good for him. But we got it done, and now we’re going to save millions of jobs in Texas and North Dakota and other places, Oklahoma with millions of jobs. I mean, the oil is now sustainable, ‘said Trump.
In March, Russia and Saudi Arabia were embroiled in a price feud that caused oil prices to fall freely. Both countries are now close to a deal on oil production that should help stabilize the market.
Trump and Putin spoke on Monday and the president invited him to the G7 meeting, The New York Times reported.
But other G7 leaders have reservations about welcoming Putin in the lap.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday that he was against Russia to participate again.
“Russia was excluded from the G7 after invading Crimea several years ago,” Trudeau told reporters.
“The continued disrespect and showing off international rules and standards is why it remains and continues to exist outside of the G7,” he noted.
And a British Prime Minister’s spokesman, Boris Johnson, said on Monday that Britain was opposed to Russia re-joining the group because its government “had not yet seen evidence of changed behavior that would warrant takeover.”
The United States will host the next G7 meeting, which will include leaders from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan.
The meeting was pushed back to September due to concerns about the corona virus.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (left) and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson have made it clear that they are against Russia and rejoin the G7
Trump has also proposed joining the leaders of Australia, India and South Korea. All G7 leaders should agree to an extension of membership, but as host of the next summit, Trump can invite other world leaders to attend as guests.
“I don’t feel like a G7 is a good representation of what’s going on in the world,” Trump told reporters who traveled with him on Air Force One on Saturday. “It’s a very outdated group of countries.”
President Trump originally wanted to receive his fellow leaders at Camp David in June, but that plan changed after German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced she would not be coming.