Trump Tears Into Obama at G-7: ‘He Allowed Russia to Take Crimea’

President Donald Trump doubled down on his suggestion that Russia be re-admitted into the G-7 in an impromptu presser on Saturday morning from the summit in Canada. “Something happened a while ago where Russia is no longer in,” Trump said. “I think it would be an asset to have Russia back in.” Russia was booted from the conference of the world’s leading economies after it invaded Ukraine and annexed Crimea in 2014. One reporter brought that up with Trump in the Saturday morning presser, reminding him that the “something” that got Russia kicked out of the G-7 was when Russia invaded a neighboring country. “You have to ask President Obama, cause he was the one that let Crimea get away,” Trump dodged. “That was during his administration.” “And he was the one that let Russia go and spend a lot of money on Crimea, because they’ve spent a of money rebuilding it, I guess they have their submarine port there or whatever,” Trump continued. “Crimea was let go during the Obama administration. You know Obama can say all he wants, but he allowed Russia to take Crimea. I may have had a much different attitude, so you’d really have to ask that question of President Obama, you know — why did he do that? why did he do that? With that being said, it’s been done a long time.” Of course, that didn’t answer the question in the slightest, so the reporter pressed. Trump concluded: “I would rather see Russia in the G-8 as opposed to the G-7. I would say that the G-8 is a more meaningful group that the G-7.” Watch above, via CNN. [image via screengrab] — Follow Aidan McLaughlin (@aidnmclaughlin) on Twitter

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