Trump says Russia should be a part of G7 meeting

President Trump, sparring with allies over trade, said Russia should be at the negotiating table. Russia was kicked out of the G7 group in 2014 over its annexation of Crimea.

“You know, whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run and the G7, which used to be the G8, they threw Russia out, they can let Russia come back in, because we should have Russia at the negotiating table,” Trump told reporters before leaving Washington.

Trump has periodically called for closer ties with Russia, although his administration’s policy has included strong sanctions against Moscow. While making his suggestion for Russia to be readmitted to the G7, the president said on Friday that he had “been Russia’s worst nightmare.”

Trump’s presidency has been clouded by a federal investigation into Russian meddling into the 2016 presidential election, and possible collusion by Trump’s campaign.

Both Moscow and Trump have denied any such activity.

Trump was heading into a bigger controversy over trade as other G7 leaders, including host Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, have been angered over Washington’s imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminum imported from allies including Canada and the European Union.

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