Trump Invites Putin To Upcoming Summit, Calls G7 “Outdated”
The Associated Press reports that President Donald Trump called Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday to discuss his idea of inviting Russia to the upcoming G7 summit that will be hosted by the United States.
According to the Kremlin, Trump told Putin about the idea, but Russian officials offered no further details on the discussion and did not indicate whether Putin accepted the invitation.
The White House confirmed the phone call, the AP reported, saying that the two leaders “discussed the latest efforts to defeat the coronavirus pandemic and reopen global economies.”
“President Trump also reiterated the need for effective arms control,” the White House said, and added: “Additionally, the two leaders discussed progress toward convening the G7.”
Trump said over the weekend that he will postpone the G7 summit until the fall, and along with Russia, the president intends to invite Australia, South Korea and India. He also told reporters that the G7 is “very outdated” and is not representative of “what’s going on in the world.”
Some G7 members — which include Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States — disagreed with Trump’s invitation to Russia.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau indicated on Monday that Russia will not be included in the group, citing the country’s “continued disrespect and flaunting of international rules and norms.”
Likewise, the UK said this week that it would use its veto power to block Russia’s readmission to the G7.