Dem senator: Trump groveling at the feet of our adversaries
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Senate Minority Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Tipping point week for Trump, Biden, Congress, voters Push to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Progressive group: Feinstein must step down as top Democrat on Judiciary panel MORE (D-Ill.) said Friday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter DC correspondent on the death of Michael Reinoehl: 'The folks I know in law enforcement are extremely angry about it' Late night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study 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 FlakeOne of life's great mysteries: Why would any conservative vote for Biden? Trump excoriates Sasse over leaked audio Biden holds 8-point lead over Trump in Arizona: poll 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.