Earlier today, Trump casually introduced 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, former Vice President Joe Biden has taken Trump to task for his cowardly appeasement. While in office, he saw the worst that Russia is capable of and was serving when they were kicked out of the G-8 in the first place, so his words carry substantial weight.
Biden took to Twitter to list just a few of the Federation’s most recent crimes; in particular, the invasion of Crime, the 2016 election meddling, and Putin’s practice of assassinating his political opponents and journalists. Any single one of these issues would be ample reason to keep Russia out of the G-8. Taken together, they paint a picture of a destructive, nihilistic foreign regime that has no place on the world stage.
Putin’s Russia invaded its neighbors, violated our sovereignty by undermining elections, and attacks dissidents abroad. Yet our President wants to reward him with a seat at the table while alienating our closest democratic allies. It makes no sense.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 8, 2018
Biden is right that Trumps move makes no diplomatic sense. America gains nothing and Russia is rewarded for its illiberal practices. The rogue nation has no place at the table until it abandons its 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.