Days before heading to the G-7 summit President Donald Trump calls for Russia to be included in the G-7 summit. The president spoke to reporters at the White House on Wednesday saying it would be “a good thing” for Russia to join the G-7 group of advanced industrialized countries. The president told reporters a lot of time is spent talking about Russia at those meetings, however, they are not there.
“I think it would be a good thing if Russia were there, so we could speak directly not have to speak by telephone and other things.”
President Trump told reporters, Russia was taken out because Putin outsmarted him on Crimea, on the red line, and other things. “Obama was upset, they took him out.” Also saying Russia should be a part of the group because at the end of the day we’re looking for world peace. “It would be a lot easier to have Russia in where they had always been.”
In March 2014, the G-7 declared that a meaningful discussion was currently not possible with Russia in the context of the G-8. And as the president points out Putin outsmarted Obama and is the reason why Russia was taken out.
Since then, meetings have continued within the G-7 process. President Trump and other leaders of the group of seven nations arrive Saturday for three days in the French resort town of Biarritz. This will be the first G-7 summit for the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. It will be also the last summit for Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and Donald Tusk. The president of France, Emmanuel Macron invited the Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison, the Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sánchez, and the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi to attend the G-7 summit in Biarritz as special invitees.
President Trump was also asked by reporters about his stance on birthright citizenship. “We’re looking at that very seriously, birthright citizenship where you have a baby, you know. You walk over the border have a baby. Congratulations the baby is now a U.S. citizen. We’re looking at it very, very seriously.”
Includes reporting from The Associated Press