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Trump advocates reinstating Russia to the G7: “It’s the right thing to do”

August 20, 2019


The president of the United States, Donald Trump, has extended his hand this Thursday to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, and has considered that “it is much more appropriate to have Russia inside” of the G7, which would imply reversing the doctrine established by its predecessor in the White House, Barack Obama.

“I guess President Obama, because Putin was smarter than him, he thought it was not a good idea to have Russia,” Trump said, recalling what was once the G8. Moscow was removed from the forum in 2014 for its role in the war in Ukraine.

“It's not like I would,” added Trump, who had already raised on other occasions the reinstatement of Russia basically for the sake of pragmatism. “Like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to take care of,” he has argued before journalists during a meeting with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.

The current White House tenant has also suggested that he will appoint Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan as a future ambassador to Russia, replacing Jon Huntsman. Trump has responded to speculation in recent hours about Sullivan with an ambiguous “could well be.”