Wednesday during an impromptu press conference on the White House lawn, President Trump said he would like to see Russia rejoin the G-8 in order to advance "world peace."
REPORTER: You said Russia was kicked out of the G-8 because they "outsmarted Obama." In fact, it was because they invaded Crimea.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: That was outsmarting Obama. So, Russia outsmarted President Obama. They took over Crimea during his term. Not during mine. They took over Crimea. If you stopped being an organ of the Democrats and let me answer the question, I'd answer it very easily. The fact is President Putin totally outstarted President Obama on Crimea -- and other things, including the red line in the sand. Alright -- he made a living on outsmarting President Obama and frankly, Obama was upset, and he got Russia out of what was the G-8, into the G-7.
It has come up, should we put Russia back in? We spend a lot of time talking about Russia at those meetings and they're not there. I think it would be a good thing if Russia were there so we can speak directly, not have to speak by telephone and other things.
So, here is the thing: It is a vote of what is now the G-7. They were taken out because Putin outsmarted on Crimea, on the red line, on other things. Totally outsmarted Obama. Obama was upset. They took 'em out. I think Russia should be a part of it because we're looking for world peace. And other things. Trade and other things. And it would be a lot easier to have Russia in where they have always been.