Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) on Friday ripped into President Trump’s call for Russia to be reinstated to the G7 group of leading industrial nations after the country was suspended from the then-G8 group in 2014 over Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea.
“This is weak. Putin is not our friend and he is not the President’s buddy,” Sasse said in a statement, referring to Putin.
“Why are we having a meeting without Russia being in the meeting?” Trump told reporters at the White House before departing to the summit in Quebec.
“I would recommend — and it’s up to them, but Russia should be in the meeting, it should be a part of it,” Truup said. “Whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run.”
Sasse condemned Trump’s remarks, calling Putin “a thug using Soviet-style aggression to wage a shadow war against America.”
“Our leaders should act like it,” he said of Trump.
Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) accused Trump of “turning our foreign policy into an international joke.”
“The president’s support for inviting Russia back in to the G-7, just after they meddled in the election to support his campaign, will leave millions of Americans with serious questions and suspicions,” he added.