President Donald Trump says that he & # 39; certainly & # 39; would invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to the next G7 summit meeting – but wondered if so & # 39; n & # 39; proud person & # 39; would participate unless as an equal partner of a restored G8 group.
Trump plans to hold the event at his Doral golf resort near Miami, he unveiled Monday by the & # 39; luxurious & # 39; rooms and access to an airpot. He has also repeatedly pushed at the G7 summit in France to re-admit Putin to the group Russia was part of before he was kicked out after his invasion of Crimea.
Trump at a press conference at the end of this year revealed that he could invite Putin to attend the next meeting, which he is organizing next year, regardless of status as a member. Then described to Russian strong man as having fragile feelings that might keep him away.
& # 39; I don't know he would accept it. Those are harsh conditions, & said Trump. & # 39; He was part of G8, and suddenly he is not outside or he is not there. So I think … that is actually quite a difficult thing for him. & # 39;
Donald Trump says that a & # 39; number of people would like to see Russia again & # 39; in the Group of Seven and it is & # 39; certainly possible & # 39; that Vladimir Putin will be invited next year
Trump continued: & # 39; You know he is a proud person. Would I invite him? I would certainly invite him. Whether he could come psychologically or not, I find it difficult for him to do. You have the G8 now it is G7 and you invite the person who was really thrown away by President Obama, & said Trump. & # 39; And really because he has become smarter, President Obama, pure and simple. & # 39;
The comments provided an unusual assessment of the vulnerability of Putin's ego. The former KGB agent has been photographed shirtless, with tigers and on horseback, and during top meetings is often depicted with an icy shine.
Trump then repeated his claim that Obama & # 39; outsmart & # 39; was by Putin and brought Obama & # 39; s famous & # 39; red line & # 39; forward in Syria.
Trump called Putin a & # 39; proud person & # 39; who may feel uncomfortable attending a G7 meeting unless he is invited as an equivalent member
Russian President Vladimir Putin dives to the bottom of the Gulf of Finland aboard a C-Explorer 3.11 submarine to sink the Soviet Shchuka-class submarine Shch-308 during World War II near the island of Gogland, Russia, on Saturday, July 27 2019. He is regularly photographed and is set in exploits around Russia that show him in a powerful light
& # 39; Would I invite him? I would certainly invite him. Whether he could come psychologically or not, I find it a difficult thing for him to do, & said Trump
Describing the argument for inviting Russia that, in addition to the invasion of Crimea, interfered with the 2016 US elections, Trump said that many people say: "having them in the room is better than having them outside the room" # 39 ;.
& # 39; My tendency is to say, & # 39; Yes, they have to participate, & # 39; said Trump, blaming his predecessor instead of Putin for the invasion of Ukraine and the continued presence of Moscow after an annexation of the strategic area.
& # 39; President Obama was pure and outwit & # 39 ;, Trump said. & # 39; It could have been stopped anyway. But it could have been stopped.
& # 39; I don't blame him, but many bad things have happened to President Putin and President Obama, & # 39; said Trump. & # 39; One of the things that happened is, as you know, what happened to a very large area, a very very large and important area in the Middle East, where the red line was drawn and then President Obama decided that she wasn't going to do anything about it. You can't draw red lines in the sand, you just can't do it, & the president explained. & # 39; And the other one in Ukraine was dealing with a certain part of Ukraine, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; It was a bit taken away from President Obama, not taken away from President Trump. & # 39;
Trump said it wasn't necessarily & # 39; politically popular & # 39; for him was to invite Putin just before his re-election in the Florida battlefield and said: & # 39; I don't do things for political reasons. & # 39;
& # 39; Many people say that Russia, which is a power, having them in the room is better than having them outside the room. & # 39;
Trump described the removal of Russia as a kind of personal gesture from Obama, rather than a multilateral condemnation of a land robbery.
& # 39; I could understand how President Obama would feel. He wasn't happy and that's why they didn't come in, & he said.
If Putin does come, it will come close to the heart of the president – his own private golf course, which has seen a sharp drop in revenues since his election.
The president said officials would soon be publishing information to the public about his team's search for a G7 location, involving a dozen possible locations. He said that representatives of the US military and the secret service were part of the delegation.
& # 39; They went to places all over the country, & # 39; he said to reporters, & # 39; and they came back and said, "This is where we would like to be". & # 39;
Hosting the G7 at Doral would offer benefits & # 39; because of the way it is set up & he added. & # 39; Each country can have its own villa or bungalow. & # 39;
& # 39; The bungalows … they have many units, so I think it works just fine, & # 39; he said.
Trump's sales pitch included the proximity of Doral to Miami International Airport, and a claim that some rival resorts were two hours away from an airport, some four hours away – I mean, they were so far away! # 39;
Welcome to Trump Country: Donald Trump said his Doral course was a good choice for the G7
Club house: This is the club house that is most likely for Trump to hold the G7 as he continues to use Doral as a location
Earlier at the summit, Trump said that a & # 39; number of people would like to see Russia again & # 39; in the Group of Seven and it is & # 39; certainly possible & # 39; that Vladimir Putin will be invited next year, without mentioning specific countries.
He said on Sunday in Biarritz that there was a & # 39; lively discussion & # 39; had occurred and & # 39; some & # 39; leaders had said they would like to take over Russia.
In a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the US President said: & We have a number of people who would like to see Russia again.
& # 39; I think it would be beneficial for many things in the world. I think it would be positive. Other people agree with me and that is something we are talking about. & # 39;
Trump added: & # 39; I don't know if we will make a decision in any way, but we had a discussion last night about Russia whether or not to invite them. & # 39;
& # 39; Other people agree, and some people don't necessarily agree, & # 39; he said. & # 39; Maybe we don't do it. Maybe we just leave it as it is. & # 39;
GOOD, DONALD: Trump said Sunday that & # 39; some & # 39; leaders prefer to add Putin. He refused to tell reporters who went to Moscow privately
It was not clear who Trump meant when he said that some leaders went with him. He refused to disclose the private conversations this morning to his press pool.
& # 39; I could, but I don't think it's necessary, & # 39; he claimed in his meeting with Abe.
But he said he was surprised by a & # 39; pair & # 39; voices that supported the statement because he didn't think that & # 39; they have a good relationship & # 39; with Moscow.
& # 39; No decision. No decision has yet been taken. We did not vote or something, & # 39; he said about the & # 39; ongoing & # 39; talks about next year's summit.
Finance Minister Steve Mnuchin later told DailyMail.com, in the US archive, that Trump had not decided whether to invite Putin to the meeting that will take place in the United States next year.
& # 39; There are parts of the world where we have shared interests that are important. They are clearly a large nuclear energy. We are interested in other weapons control with them, & he said. & # 39; But there are questions why we might not want them at the table. So the president has not made any decisions. & # 39;
Mnuchin said he was not present for the conversation Trump referred to.
Heads of government dined privately Saturday night in the Biarritz lighthouse.
& # 39; I wasn't in that discussion, so I can't literally say what happened in it. I can tell you that the President did not make a decision next year, & he said.
He added: & # 39; My understanding, speaking to the president, there is a lot of reason why it would be important to leave Russia there. & # 39;
Hedging, he acknowledged that there are also reasons not to invite Putin to come to America in 2020.
The president is up for re-election next year, and his ties with Moscow will be an easy Democratic target.
Trump first revealed that G7 leaders have a & # 39; lively discussion & # 39; about Russia during a breakfast with Boris Johnson in the UK.
Asked if they were talking about Putin and if he would be invited to attend next year's meeting to be held in the United States on Sunday morning, Trump said they did.
& # 39; I don't know that. We talked about it, & # 39; he said, adding that it & # 39; certainly possible & # 39; is that Putin could be invited.
Trump then said that there was a & # 39; vivid & # 39; and & # 39; really good & # 39; discussion took place, with Johnson adding: & # 39; It was lively & # 39 ;.
The British Prime Minister did not confront Trump during the meeting, but he had said before the summit that Russia would not be taken over. He mentioned the occupation of Ukraine and the poisoning of a former double agent who lived in England.
Officials from Canada and France had also said no to Russia's return. Putin will not be welcome until Russia leaves the Crimean peninsula, the nations say.
The only other G7 leader who has publicly supported Trump's position is the Italian Prime Minister, and he is a lame duck now that he has resigned.
US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hold a bilateral meeting at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France. US ambassador to France Jamie McCourt sits next to POTUS on his right, and US finance minister Steve Mnuchin sits on his left
Donald Trump was disappointed with his reporting on the first day of the summit. He complained Sunday morning in a series of tweets about alleged & # 39; fake news & # 39;
Trump presented a rosier scenario several times on Sunday than other leaders about the discussions that took place in private conversations.
During a meal of scrambled eggs, veal sausage, toast and a trade deal on Sunday morning in Biarritz with Johnson, Trump said he got no pressure on his escalating dispute with China from heads of state attending the summit.
& # 39; No. Not at all. I didn't hear that at all, no. I think they respect the trade war, & he had claimed. & # 39; So the answer is, nobody told me that and nobody would tell me that. & # 39;
He declared Johnson the & # 39; right man for the job & # 39; and said he was a & # 39; fantastic prime minister & # 39; Brexit and a trade deal.
& # 39; He needs no advice. He is the right man for the job, & Trump said about his friend. & # 39; I've been saying that for a long time. Did not make your predecessor very happy, but I have said that for a long time. & # 39;
However, differences quickly emerged between the men on that subject because Trump wrongly claimed that he & # 39; second thoughts & # 39; talked about his attack on China, and Johnson advised him to lower his rates.
& # 39; But only to record the vague, sheepish note of our view of the trade war, do we support trade peace in general, and reject it if we can, & # 39; Johnson told him.
Johnson said that the UK has benefited enormously over the last 200 years from free trade, and that is what we want to see & # 39 ;.
& # 39; We do not like rates at all, & # 39; he told a reporter who asked him about Trump's comments.
Blowing off the statement, Trump took a swipe at former British Prime Minister Theresa May and said, “What about the past three years?
& # 39; Don't talk about the last three. Two hundred, I agree with you, & he said to his friend.
Johnson refused to play cross and let the bus roll straight over his predecessor and former party leader.
& # 39; I am not going to disagree. I'm not going to stop you from doing that, Donald, & he said after Trump had insulted again. & # 39; But of course I have memories of US trade negotiations in the past and I have a formidable respect for US trade negotiations. And I know there will be some heavy conversations. & # 39;
He said that Britain currently cannot sell lamb, pork pie or beef to the United States.
& # 39; And there are clearly huge opportunities for the UK to penetrate the US market in the way that we are not currently doing. And we are very interested to talk to you about that, & he said.
Trump seemed to miss the torches that Johnson sent during trade negotiations.
& # 39; They won't have the anchor around their ankle & # 39 ;, he said about the UK's plans to leave the EU.
Johnson replied: & # 39; Speaking of the anchor, Donald, what we want is for our ships to transport cargo from New York to Boston, which they cannot currently do. & # 39;
Another leader close to Trump, the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, challenged the US president for North Korean missile testing.
Trump claimed: & # 39; I'm not happy about it. But again, he does not violate an agreement. & # 39;
But Abe said the position of Japan is very clear: that the launch of short-range ballistic missiles by North Korea clearly violates the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.
& # 39; So in that sense, it was exceedingly regrettable that we have seen another round of the short-range launch of North Korea's ballistic missiles in recent days. & # 39;
However, the president repeatedly claimed that everyone could get along well and told the press in the room for the Abe meeting that some world leaders agreed with him about the benefits of Russia at the G7 summit.
Trump said in early morning tweets that it is the American media that are out of step.
He grabbed: & # 39; So far, false and inaccurate G-7 reporting. The Fake News knows this, but they can't help it! & # 39;
& # 39; Before I arrived in France, the fake and disgusting news said that relations with the 6 other countries in the G-7 are very tense and that the two days of meetings will be a disaster & he said .
The US President also claimed: & # 39; Just as they are trying to force a recession, they are trying to America in bad economic times & # 39; want & # 39 ;, the worse the better, everything that makes my election harder to win. Well, we have very good meetings, the leaders get along well, and our country is doing well economically – the talk of the world! & # 39;
Trump told reporters in the room for his breakfast with Johnson a few minutes later: & You want a recession because you think that might be the way to get Trump out. Maybe that's the way to get it out. & # 39;
In this White House handout photo, President Trump accompanies G7 leaders at the Biarritz lighthouse on Saturday evening. Trump says she has a & # 39; lively discussion & # 39; about Russia
He lashed out about covering his spit with French President Emmanuel Macon, with whom he had lunch on Saturday.
Trump had threatened to tax French wine before he left Washington in retaliation for a planned digital tax on companies such as Amazon. Macron intercepted him at his hotel and invited Trump for an unplanned lunch, where he told the American leader how honored he was to have him in France.
The president seemed satisfied and said she had a & # 39; special relationship & # 39; and & # 39; have been friends for a long time & # 39; at the start of their meal.
& # 39; France and President @ EmmanuelMacron have done a really great job so far with a very important G-7. Lunch with Emmanuel was the best meeting we have had so far. The evening meeting with world leaders also went very well. Progress is being made! & # 39; he said after a group dinner on Saturday evening.
He also claimed: & # 39; Our great economy is everyone's conversation! & # 39;
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