President Donald Trump has been calling to reinstate Russia in the G-7, while slamming former President Barack Obama and blaming him for “allowing” Russia to annex Crimea.
In comments at the summit in Charlevoix, Canada this morning, Trump said, “It has been discussed. Some people like the idea of bringing Russia back in.”
He said that “something happened a while ago” without going into much detail, before continuing:
“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.”
One reporter reminded Trump that the “something” that got Russia kicked out of the G-7 was when Russia invaded a neighboring country.
“You have to ask President Obama, cause he was the one that let Crimea get away,” Trump dodged. “That was during his administration.”
“And he was the one that let Russia go and spend a lot of money on Crimea, because they’ve spent a lot of money rebuilding it, I guess they have their submarine port there or whatever,” Trump continued. “Crimea was let go during the Obama administration. You know Obama can say all he wants, but he allowed Russia to take Crimea. I may have had a much different attitude, so you’d really have to ask that question of President Obama, you know — why did he do that? why did he do that? With that being said, it’s been done a long time.”
Of course, that didn’t answer the question in the slightest, so the reporter pressed.
Trump concluded: “I would rather see Russia in the G-8 as opposed to the G-7. I would say that the G-8 is a more meaningful group that the G-7.”
"You know, Obama can say all he wants, but he allowed Russia to take Crimea. I may have had a much different attitude," President Trump says on allowing Russia back into G-7 https://t.co/syywHUMwLG pic.twitter.com/eyuUXoaLiC
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 9, 2018