Dem lawmaker on Trump calling on Russia to rejoin G-7: He's 'loyal' to country that elected him

Dem lawmaker on Trump calling on Russia to rejoin G-7: He's 'loyal' to country that elected him
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Rep. John YarmuthJohn Allen YarmuthOvernight Health Care: Trump health official warned against family separations | Study ignites debate over cost of 'Medicare for All' | Individual market enrollment drops as premiums rise Liberal Dems lay groundwork to push 'Medicare for all' Overnight Health Care: Trump meets with Pfizer CEO amid pricing push | Kentucky reinstates dental, vision Medicaid benefits | Spending by health lobby groups down in second quarter MORE (D-Ky.) on Friday mocked President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems make history, and other takeaways from Tuesday's primaries Pawlenty loses comeback bid in Minnesota Establishment-backed Vukmir wins Wisconsin GOP Senate primary MORE's call for reinstating Russia into the Group of Seven, saying that Trump "sure is loyal to the country that elected him."

In 2014, Russia was kicked out of what was then the Group of Eight as punishment for its illegal annexation of Crimea and supporting pro-Kremlin separatists in eastern Ukraine. Before leaving for the G-7 summit in Canada, Trump told reporters it should be let back in.

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“Whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run,” Trump said. “And in the G-7, which used be the G-8, they threw Russia out. They should let Russia come back in because we should have Russia at the negotiating table.”

Yarmuth's tweet was a reference to Russia's 2016 election interference, which the intelligence community believes was done with intention of helping get Trump in the White House.

Democratic and Republican lawmakers fiercely condemned Trump's statement. Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenTech companies earn White House praise for committing to easier health data access Biden honors Heather Heyer: She is 'in every person who stands up to reject hatred and bigotry' Avenatti on 2020 campaign: 'The truth is my policy issue' MORE tweeted that the comment made no sense and denounced Trump for wanting to "reward" Russian President Vladimir Putin while "alienating" key democratic U.S. allies.

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) called the remark "weak" in a statement, and asserted that Putin is not America's ally.