President Trump, calling himself "Russia's worst nightmare," said the nation should be at the G7 summit after noting they used to be part of the global meeting. Trump held a brief press conference with reporters before departing the White House to head to the summit in Canada.
"It used to be the G8 because Russia was in it," Trump told reporters. "Now, Russia is not in it. Now, I love our country. I have been Russia's worst nightmare. If Hillary got in, I think Putin is probbaly going, man, I wish Hillary won because you see what I do. But, with that being said, Russia should be in this meeting. Why are we having a meeting without Russia being in the meeting? And I would recommend and it's up to them, but Russia should be in the meeting and should be a part of it."
"You know, whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run," the president said. "And in the G7, which used to be the G8, they threw Russia out. They should let Russia come back in because we should have Russia at the negotiating table."
Other takeaways from the 20-minute event:
He will terminate NAFTA if we "can't make a deal."
On preparation for the summit with North Korea: ask Hillary what happens when you take a week to prepare for a debate.
He added he's been "preparing all my life," but the fake news doesn't report that.
He said he has an "absolute power" to pardon himself, but has no reason to.
On sports teams and White House visits: if they don't want to be here, I don't want them.
He called James Comey a "very dishonest man" and said the IG report coming out next week on his birthday is a "birthday present."
Trump said he "hates" that children are separated from parents at immigrant detention centers, but blamed it on legislation by Democrats.
Called Mitt Romney a "straight shooter."