1. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, US President:
"(Reporter:Would you like to have Vladimir Putin back in the G7, become the G8 again?)
So it was the G8 for a long time and now it's the G7. And a lot of the time we talk about, we talk about Russia, we're talking about Russia because I've gone to numerous G7 meetings. And I guess President Obama, because Putin outsmarted him, President Obama thought it wasn't a good thing to have Russia in so he wanted Russia out. 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. So I could certainly see it being the G8 again and if somebody would make that motion I would certainly be disposed to think about it very favorably. But as you know, 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."
President Donald Trump said Tuesday it would be appropriate for Russia to be readmitted to a group of the world's major industrial nations.
Speaking in the Oval Office during a meeting with the president of Romania, Trump said Russia is often discussed when he and the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan meet annually as a group. Trump is scheduled to fly to France on Saturday for this year's meeting of the Group of Seven.
In March of 2014, at the urging of then-President Barack Obama, the leaders expelled Russia from what was the Group of Eight after President Vladimir Putin annexed the Crimean Peninsula.
Trump claims Obama pushed for Russia's expulsion because Putin had "outsmarted" him.
The president made similar comments about reinstating Russia to the G-7 before he attended the 2018 summit. Nothing came of it.