Schumer: Trump 'turning our foreign policy into an international joke'
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerThe five biggest challenges facing President-elect Biden Collins urges voters to turn out in Georgia runoffs Protect America's houses of worship in year-end appropriations package MORE (D-N.Y.) blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rages against '60 Minutes' for interview with Krebs Cornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Pa. lawmaker was informed of positive coronavirus test while meeting with Trump: report MORE's suggestion that Russia should be allowed to rejoin the Group of Seven, saying his foreign policy is becoming a "joke" and "erratic." 

“President Trump is turning our foreign policy into an international joke, doing lasting damage to our country, without any rhyme or reason,” Schumer said in a statement.

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The Senate Democratic leader added in a separate tweet that allowing Russia to rejoin the group of major industrial powers would reward Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

“Readmitting Russia to the G-7 would reward Vladimir Putin for actions the U.S. and its allies have condemned, and would clearly be contrary to America’s interests. The president’s foreign policy decision making seems to become more erratic every day,” Schumer tweeted

Trump raised eyebrows when he told reporters earlier Friday that Russia should be reinstated into the Group of Seven major economies.

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

The move is likely to spark further anger from U.S. allies and drew an immediate backlash from lawmakers, who have been wary for years over Trump's warmer tone toward Moscow.  

“We need the president to be able to distinguish between our allies and adversaries, and to treat each accordingly. On issue after issue, he’s failed to do that," Schumer said in his statement.

He added that trying to reinstate Russia back into the G-7 in the wake of Moscow's meddling in the 2016 presidential election "will leave millions of Americans with serious questions and suspicions.” 

GOP Sens. Ben SasseBen SasseTrump transition order follows chorus of GOP criticism The Memo: Trump election loss roils right Whoopi Goldberg blasts Republicans not speaking against Trump: 'This is an attempted coup' MORE (Neb.) and Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeBiden eyeing Cindy McCain for UK ambassador position: report Profiles in cowardice: Trump's Senate enablers McSally concedes Arizona Senate race MORE (Ariz.), who have both been openly critical of Trump, both panned Trump's suggestion on Friday.

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