(CNSNews.com) – On his way to a contentious summit in Canada Friday morning, President Donald Trump questioned the decision to kick Russia out of the G-8.
“I love our country. I have been Russia’s worst nightmare,” President Trump told reporters as he departed the White House Friday morning.
He joked that Putin might wish that Hillary Clinton had been elected:
But with that being said, Russia should be in this meeting. Why are we having a meeting without Russia being in the meeting? And I would recommend, and it’s up to them, but Russia should be in the meeting, it should be a part of it.
You know, whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run, and at the G-7, which used to be the G-8, they threw Russia out. They should let Russia back in, because we should have Russia at the negotiating table.
In March 2014, the G7 leaders, including then-President Barack Obama, shut Russia out of the G-8 because of “Russia’s illegal attempt to annex Crimea in contravention of international law,” as their statement said.
As CNSNews.com reported, Russian President Vladimir Putin took a dig at G-7 members on Thursday, saying he had warned European governments back in 2007 about the dangers of the United States extending its jurisdiction beyond its national borders.
U.S. allies are now chafing over President Trump's call for tariffs and fairer trade deals.
Trump's call to re-invite Russia drew the predictable scorn from Democrats, and even some Republicans:
"This is weak," Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) said in a statement. "Putin is not our friend and he is not the President's buddy. He is a thug using Soviet-style aggression to wage a shadow war against America, and our leaders should act like it."