You know just saying you’re tough on Russia does not actually mean that you’re tough on Russia.
Courtesy of the Daily Beast:
President Trump told reporters before boarding Marine One that he believes Russia should have been invited to the G7 summit, as he was departing the White House for Quebec on Friday morning. “Russia should be in this meeting. Why are we having a meeting without Russia?” he asked reporters. “We have a world to run.” He added that he has “been Russia’s worst nightmare,” but he believes they should have a seat at the table, according to the White House pool report. The summit once included the U.S., Canada, the U.K., France, Italy, Germany, Japan, and Russia—but was cut down to the G7 in 2014, when Russia was suspended due to its annexation of Crimea and hostilities in Ukraine.
Yes, Russia hacked out elections and has been interfering with the democracies in a number of other western countries, so why wouldn’t we give them a seat at the table?
Trump has also expressed displeasure with British Prime Minister Theresa May’s attitude towards him.
Courtesy of The Telegraph:
Donald Trump has grown frustrated with Theresa May’s “schoolmistress” tone, allies of the president have told The Telegraph, as it emerged the pair will not hold formal talks at the G7 summit in Canada.
The US president is said to bristle at the Prime Minister’s approach during phone calls, with Mrs. May quick to get into policy details rather than wider conversation.
Interestingly enough while Trump is suggesting that Russia should be involved in the meetings, and given the cold shoulder to certain American allies, some in Europe are wondering if HE should be involved in the meetings.
Courtesy of The Independent:
The US president imposed heavy tariffs on steel and aluminum imports in a bid to rebuild America’s industry, targeting nations from key G7 allies such as Canada, Japan, and the EU.
Emmanuel Macron, the French president who has attempted to establish a warm personal relationship with Mr. Trump, said the other G7 nations should remain “polite” and productive, but warned “no leader is forever.”
In comments to reporters, Mr. Macron signaled Europe would not surrender meekly to the US president and suggested the G7 could function as six nations instead of seven.
“Maybe the American president doesn’t care about being isolated today, but we don’t mind being six, if needs be,” Mr. Macron said.
“Because these six represent values, represent an economic market, and more than anything, represent a real force at the international level today.”
So to be clear, while Trump openly advocates for Russia to be included in these meetings with other like-minded nations, some of those nations are thinking that America no longer represents similar values.
Having America quit or be kicked out of these meetings of industrialized nations would be a Putin wet dream come true, because it would badly damage the cohesion between the other economic powers and give Russia a chance to increase their influence on the world.
Go ahead, tell me again how Donald Trump is not a Kremlin asset.
No, go ahead, I’ll wait here.