Trump calls for end to Russian expulsion from G7

Screenshot via CNNThe retired US Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters appearing on CNN with Anderson Cooper

Mr Trump said: "You know, whether you like it or not - and it may not be politically correct - but we have a world to run and in the G7, which used to be the G8, they threw Russian Federation out".

And while his critics say Trump is suspiciously soft on Putin, the president told reporters Friday: "I have been Russia's worst nightmare".

Professor Zhu Feng, director of Nanjing University's Institute of International Studies, also said the award was a clear signal to the United States that if it increased pressure on both countries, it would mean both China and Russian Federation would have no choice but to increase cooperation so they can jointly deal with Washington. Russian Federation was formerly a member of the group, then known as G-8, but was suspended after its annexation of Crimea in 2014.

As the Eastern leaders meet in China, the G-7 summit, which brings together the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Japan, is taking place in Montreal. Just two months ago, G-7 foreign ministers pledged to set up a working group to "call out" Russian "maligned behavior."

Divisions between Donald Trump and the other leaders of the G7 nations have been laid bare at a summit in Canada.

In May, the president announced his administration would impose steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada, Mexico and the European Union - all of which announced retaliatory tariffs against the U.S.in recent days.

According to Sputnik News, Kremlin spokesman Dmitriy Peskov responded to Trump's call for reinstatement, saying, "Russia is focused on other formats, apart from the G7".

Tension has been building over a year of policymaking that has distanced the USA from traditional allies, including by Trump's decisions to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear agreement.

Putin pointed out that Trump has been implementing the promises he made during his election campaign.

Previous G7 summits have seen large-scale anti-globalization protests, but Trump was a main target of the demonstration as masked anarchists set fire to United States flags and those of other G7 nations. Trudeau said: "We are going to defend our industries and our workers".

Trump injected further uncertainty recently when he floated the idea of replacing NAFTA with two separate trade deals, one with each country.

Mr Trump is expected to leave the summit early and travel to Singapore ahead of a meeting there with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday.

Velshi picked up on the "you're not more important to me because you're an ally" aspect of what Trump is doing on trade.

Trump's first meeting at the summer resort on St Lawrence river is with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, followed by sessions with the full summit, and then a bilateral with the host, Justin Trudeau, in the early evening.

Trade battle lines were drawn even before he arrived in a series of dueling tweets and statements between Trump and his onetime friend Macron. "Everyone agreed, including President Trump", the official said on Friday, without elaborating.

But Tusk also said the tensions within the G7 now are a serious challenge to its unity and effectiveness.

"The American president may not mind being isolated", Macron tweeted, "but neither do we mind signing a 6-country agreement if need be".

In one phone call, the Canadian PM scoffed at the idea that Canada posed a national security threat to the USA, the administration's pretext for imposing the steep tariffs on imported aluminum and steel.

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