Dem senator: Trump groveling at the feet of our adversaries
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Senate Minority Whip Dick DurbinDick DurbinAmerica's Jewish communities are under attack — Here are 3 things Congress can do Schumer 'exploring' passing immigration unilaterally if talks unravel On The Money: Incomes, consumer spending soared in March | Harris, senators work behind scenes on jobs package | Biden cancels some border wall construction MORE (D-Ill.) said Friday that President TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats, activists blast reported Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE is “groveling at the feet of our adversaries” shortly after the president called for Russia to be reinstated the Group of Seven. 

Durbin in a tweet mockingly quoted Trump saying of himself, “Nobody has been tougher on Russia than Donald Trump,” before adding: “Now watch President Trump grovel at the feet of our adversary and punish our strongest allies,” a reference to recent tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.


While speaking to reporters on Friday prior to departing for Canada to attend the G-7 summit, the president said he has been “Russia’s worst nightmare” but called for the country to be a part of the economic talks.

“With that being said, Russia should be in this meeting,” Trump said. "Why are we having a meeting without Russia being in the meeting?"

In 2014, Russia was ousted from the then-Group of Eight after annexing Crimea and supporting pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine. 

“Whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run,” Trump continued. “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.” 

Trump's remarks also drew prompt criticism from Republicans, with Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) slamming the president's call as "weak" and retiring Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeThe unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her  Cindy McCain: Arizona election audit is 'ludicrous' The Republicans' deep dive into nativism MORE (R-Ariz.) promptly voicing his disagreement on Twitter.

“This is weak. Putin is not our friend and he is not the President’s buddy,” Sasse said in a statement.

This is not the first time Durbin has called out Trump on foreign policy. Back in January, Durbin confirmed reports that Trump had called African nations “shithole countries” during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform, telling reporters that the president made “hate-filled, vile and racist” comments.