Trump Lets Putin Rejoin G-7 Summit On His Own Accord
President Trump has made the decision to allow Russia to rejoin the G-7 summit. He announced the sudden decision on Saturday. On top of the news of inviting Russia back into the fold, Trump has also delayed the meeting until September. India, South Korea, Australia are also invited to attend the summit.
More via pooler: “‘I don’t feel that as a G7 it properly represents what’s going on in the world. It’s a very outdated group of countries,’ he said.
Alyssa Farah said this is bringing together our traditional allies to talk about how to deal with the future of China.”
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) May 30, 2020
Russia was kicked out of the Group of Seven back in 2014 by the Obama administration over Russia’s invasion of Crimea. Russia’s dismissal from the group caused the name to be altered from G-8 to G-7. The news was initially broken by Politico’s Gabby Orr who is a pool reporter. She reported that Trump “made some news — which he permitted us to use on the record — about the G7. He is postponing it until September and plans to invite Russia, South Korea, Australia, and India.”
She went on to report Trump’s statement. He said, “‘I don’t feel that as a G7 it properly represents what’s going on in the world. It’s a very outdated group of countries.” Orr also reported, “Alyssa Farah said this is bringing together our traditional allies to talk about how to deal with the future of China.”
This is yet another Obama decision that has been reversed by President Trump. Trump has been adamant that Russia is an ally to the U.S. and is determined to mend fences with our former
Cold War adversary. Many Americans still see Russia as a threat to the U.S. elections which is something Trump does not believe.
It will be interesting to see what happens in September.