Donald Trump is once again embarrassing the country by doubling down on his calls to reinstate Russia, the foreign state that meddled in the 2016 election, back into the group of industrialized nations so that the G-7 could once again be the G-8.
Earlier this morning, Trump said that he’d been talking to other world leaders about reversing the decision the kicked Russia out. Trump said:
“It has been discussed. Some people like the idea of bringing Russia back in.”
Trump also said that “something happened a while ago” that got Russia removed (that ‘something’ was the annexation of Crimea — and Russia shooting down a passenger airliner over Ukraine, killing 298 people). Trump continued:
“I think it would be an asset to have Russia back in. I think it would be good for the world, I think it would be good for Russia, I think it would be good for the United States, I think it would be good for all the countries of the current G-7… We’re looking for peace in the world, we’re not looking to play games.”
Very interesting words from the president of a country whose last election was severely impacted by Russian meddling. You can watch the video below:
Arguing for Russia to re-join the G7, Trump says, “Something happened a while ago where Russia is no longer in. I think it would be an asset to have Russia back in.”
(The “something” was Russia invading Ukraine and annexing Crimea). pic.twitter.com/IhPILa5eet
— David Mack (@davidmackau) June 9, 2018
This statement comes after Trump told reporters yesterday:
“It may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run. And in the G7, which used to be the G8, they threw Russia out. They should let Russia come back in. Because we should have Russia at the negotiating table.”
Americans have been shocked and disgusted by Trump’s continued defense of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, but so are the other world leaders in the G-7. Canada, for example, is flat-out rejecting Trump’s suggestion.
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Canada still did not want Russia back in:
“Russia was invited to be part of this club and I think that was a very wise initiation, and an invitation full of goodwill. Russia, however, made clear that it had no interest in behaving according to the rules of Western democracies.”
Former prime minister Stephen Harper previously issued a stronger statement, stating that Russia should never be allowed back in until Putin is no longer leading the country:
“Canada would very, very strongly oppose Putin ever sitting around that table again. It would require consensus to bring Russia back and that consensus will just not happen. Russia is more often than not trying deliberately to be a strategic rival, to deliberately counter the good things we’re trying to achieve in the world for no other reason than to just counter them.”
(Sigh). If only America’s president weren’t a corrupt moron.
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