Earlier today, Trump floated the idea of inviting the Russian Federation back into the G-7. The cryptocriminal nation was kicked out of the then-G8 after Putin ordered the invasion and annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine. It was a naked act of aggression for which Russia has neither apologized nor made restitution.
"Why are we having a meeting without Russia? I would recommend, and it is up to them, but Russia should be in the meeting," President Trump says of G7 summit. "They should let Russia come back in because we should have Russia at the negotiating table." https://t.co/gPokHDkAxK pic.twitter.com/7lB7RSNZaf
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 8, 2018
Trump’s suggestion that the Russian Federation should be invited back into the group representing the world’s most economically powerful nations is a tacit endorsement of their worst actions. The fact that Russia has yet to answer for its efforts to undermine the 2016 election only make it worse, and embracing them in the G-8 encourages them to repeat their attacks during the 2018 mid-terms.
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Now, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has weighed in on Trump’s cowardly statement. The ailing statesman has long been an outspoken critic of Putin’s regime and made it abundantly clear that he doesn’t support the president’s overtures.
“The president has inexplicably shown our adversaries the deference and esteem that should be reserved for our closest allies. Those nations that share our values and have sacrificed alongside us for decades are being treated with contempt. This is the antithesis of so-called ‘principled realism’ and a sure path to diminishing America’s leadership in the world,” said McCain.
The senator, for all his deeply problematic politics and character flaws, is absolutely right on this subject. He’s correct to call attention to the fact that Trump keeps alienating our allies and coddling our enemies. Russia has no place at the table until they abandon their regressive revanchist ambitions and embrace a law-based global order.
On top of the aforementioned geopolitical implications of Trump’s statement, one must contextualize it within the ongoing investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Russia.
Trump’s constant attempts to help Putin lend great credence to the theories that the foreign dictator has some form of blackmail on him. It looks increasingly likely that Trump is sacrificing the best interests of the United States to help himself and those who helped install him in power. Every day he remains in power, America becomes weaker.