The White House attempted to scaled back Donald Trump's claims on Thursday that he wants Russia back in the G7 after European leaders said that Vladimir Putin is not welcome until he renounces the Crimean peninsula.
US officials said that Trump didn't necessarily look one way or the other & # 39; and that the right first step to return would be a request from Russia to come in again.
Leaders in Europe, such as the British Boris Johnson and the French Emmanuel Macron, said hours before that Putin should be held responsible, because they strongly rejected Trump's pressure to restore his membership.
& # 39; I think Russia can return to the table without conditions, the weakness of the G7 would be, & # 39; Macron said.
Johnson also broke with Trump and stated from Berlin that Putin should also be punished for poisoning two British subjects.
The White House attempted to scaled back Donald Trump's claims that he wants Russia back in the G7 after European leaders said Vladimir Putin is not welcome until he gave up the Crimean peninsula
Leaders in Europe, such as the British Boris Johnson and the French Emmanuel Macron, said hours earlier that Putin should be held responsible because they vigorously rejected Trump's pressure to restore Moscow membership
That leaves Trump no support for the field among fellow G7 members, or from Russia, who has said it is not particularly interested in coming back.
Senior US officials tried to send a Thursday call to Trump & # 39; s trip to Europe away from suggestions that he is on his way to France with the intention of lobbying the group to relax Russia.
They argued that the action would not only require consensus: & # 39; He is not necessarily engaged in any way. & # 39;
Trump has responded a lot on this subject and his White House tried to blame the French on Wednesday. But Macron put down a senior official's assertion that he agreed with Trump.
When asked about the embarrassing miscommunication on Thursday, the White House insisted that it had come into conversation with the French.
An official then told reporters: & # 39; The most important factor itself is that the Russians have not asked to become members again, so that should probably happen first. & # 39;
Trump never said that crawling should be a condition. The US president has offered to restore Russia without obligation.
He claimed while talking to reporters on Wednesday that Barack Obama & # 39; angry & # 39; was on Putin because he & # 39; outsmarted him & # 39; and so he kicked Russia out.
& # 39; He has earned a living by outsmarting President Obama. And to be honest, Obama was upset about this and he got Obama from the G8 in the G7 & # 39 ;, the president claimed. & # 39; It has begun: should we put Russia back? We spend a lot of time talking about Russia during those meetings. & # 39;
Trump claimed it would vote on the current G7 membership, including new blood, to get Russia back into the elite group.
& # 39; I think Russia should be part of it, because we are looking for world peace, and it – and other things – trade and other things. And it would be a lot easier to have Russia where they had always been, "he told reporters when he left the White House.
Trump said Tuesday it & # 39; appropriate & # 39; would be for Russia to take a seat again at the table with & # 39; the world's most advanced economies.
He then claimed that Obama kicked Moscow out, because Putin was too clever for him, and not because Russia invaded and seized the Crimean peninsula and refused to send it back to Ukraine.
& # 39; It was the G8 for a long time, and now it is the G7. And we often talk about Russia, Russia – because I've been to countless G7 meetings, & the current US president revealed. & # 39; And I think President Obama because Putin outsmarted him. & # 39;
Trump said on the eve of the annual Group of Seven summit that the & # 39; fitting & # 39; would be for Russia to take a seat again at the table with & # 39; the world's most advanced economies
World leaders started Russia from the club that was once known as the G8 in 2014. A statement on behalf of the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, the UK and Japan explicitly cited Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Trump has said since 2018 that Russia should be taken over again, although he has never received more than limited support from the other governments of the organization.
He returned to the subject as he prepared to travel to Biarritz on Tuesday for the weekend of the annual conference of the Group of Seven, which was held this year in a chic seaside resort on the west coast of France.
Trump said he & # 39; inclined & # 39; would be to allow Russia to join the group again if & # 39; someone & # 39; made a movement within the group.
& # 39; President Obama thought it was not good to have Russia in it, so he wanted Russia out. But I think it is much more appropriate to have Russia in it, especially the G8, because many of the things we are talking about are related to Russia & # 39 ;, he argued.
Trump added: & # 39; So I can definitely see that it is the G8 again, if someone would take that motion, I would certainly think very positively. & # 39;
Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was not too enthusiastic in 2018 when Trump drove a return to Russia to the G8.
& # 39; Russia is focused on other formats except the G7, & # 39; Peskov said through the Sputnik state media outlet, using the current name of the informal organization.
The country was non-chalant in the same way when it was kicked out for the first time and has never again asked to be included in the informal economic group.
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