JRL NEWSWATCH: “Trump Says Russia Should Be Readmitted to G7” – New York Times/ Michael Crowley

Vladirmir Putin and Donald Trump Sitting in Chairs with Flags Behind, adapted from image at whitehouse.gov

“… Trump said on Tuesday that Russia should be readmitted to the Group of 7 industrialized nations, a call for ending Moscow’s pariah status …. Speaking a few days before his planned departure for the summit, … Trump said … Moscow’s exclusion since 2014 from the group of leading economic powers should be reversed and, ignoring Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, contended that the true reason for it was … Obama’s wounded pride. ‘I think it’s much more appropriate to have Russia in,’ … Trump [said] …. ‘I could certainly see it being the G8 again.’ One reason … Trump said, was ‘because a lot of the things we talk about have to do with Russia.’ … [Regarding whether] he is likely to tap … deputy secretary of state[] John Sullivan[] as … ambassador to Moscow … Trump said that … Sullivan was ‘very respected’ and ‘could very well’ be his nominee.”

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