US President Donald Trump renewed calls on Tuesday to let Russia join the G7 — thus making it the G8 again — group of advanced industrialized countries.
“But I think it’s much more appropriate to have Russia in. It should be the G8 because a lot of the things we talk about have to do with Russia,” Trump said, just days before a G7 summit — minus Russia — in Biarritz, France.
Trump added, “I could certainly see it being the G8 again. If someone would make that motion, I would be disposed to think about it favourably…. “They should let Russia come back in, because we should have Russia at the negotiating table.”
Russia pushed out after Crimea
TRUMP again calls for Russia to rejoin the G7:
“For most of the time it was the G8, it included Russia, and President Obama didn’t want Russia in because he got outsmarted. Well, that’s not the way it really should work.” pic.twitter.com/5eRgHaSraq
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) August 20, 2019
In June 2018, Trump suggested Russia should attend a forthcoming G7 summit in Canada. A Kremlin spokesman seemed to reject the idea, saying Russia was focused on other formats.
Two days later, President Vladimir Putin said Russia did not choose the G7 and would be happy to host its members in Moscow.
Trump has periodically called for closer ties with Russia, although his administration’s policy has included strong sanctions against Moscow.
He is due to host the next G7 meeting in the United States next year.
Cohen says DOJ acted out of ‘blind loyalty’ to Trump — and that he ‘sold his soul’
President Donald Trump's former "fixer" blasted the Department of Justice in new court filings.
Michael Cohen is seeking a sentence reduction and admitted he "sold his soul" to Trump.
He also blasted the Justice Department for "blind loyalty" to Trump.
Egypt unveils ‘rare’ ancient pharaoh bust
A "rare" bust of a statue of the pharaoh Ramses II has been discovered near Giza, south of Cairo, the Egyptian Antiquities Ministry announced Wednesday.
The statue is the first rose granite bust of Ramses II found that includes the "ka" symbol, according to a statement from the ministry, which described the find as "rare".
Ka represented in ancient Egypt the spirit of a human or god that could reside in a statue of the person or deity after death.
The excavation last week by a ministry team took place on private land in Mit Rahina near the site of the ancient city of Memphis around 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of Cairo, the statement added.
No one can figure out why John Kennedy compared government documents to ‘dropping acid’
Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) compared reading government documents to "dropping acid" while in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday and the internet can't figure out how he would know.
"I haven't read the entire report," Kennedy said of the inspector general report on the start of the Russia investigation. "I'm about 70 percent through but I'm going to get through. It's tedious and I don't mean that in a pejorative way, it's supposed to be tedious. About 15 percent of the way through it made me want to heave. After about 25 percent of the way through, I thought I'd dropped acid. It's so real."