Sayeed Muhammad: In a surprise comment, US President Donald Trump yesterday said Russia should be reinstated to a leading group of industrialized nations before his visit to the G7 summit this weekend.
The remark is an extraordinary break from key US allies, and significantly striking given Russia’s meddling in the 2016 polls. A special counsel probe into if Trump campaign officials colluded with Russia is underway, though Trump has repeatedly denied the allegations.
“Russia should be in this meeting,” Trump told reporters upon leaving the White House for the summit in Charlevoix, Canada. Russia was suspended from the group — then known as the G8 — in 2014 after the majority of member countries allied against Russia’s annexation of Crimea, which Russia continues to hold.