Trump, France's Macron discuss G-7 ahead of annual meeting

Trump, France's Macron discuss G-7 ahead of annual meeting
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE spoke by phone with French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronClarence Thomas, Joe Manchin, Rudy Giuliani among guests at second state visit under Trump Budowsky: Donald, Boris, Bibi — The right in retreat Whistleblower Edward Snowden calls on Macron to grant him asylum in France MORE on Tuesday to discuss the upcoming Group of Seven summit of the world's largest developed economies.

“The President looks forward to participating in productive meetings with world leaders in Biarritz, France, in the coming days," White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement Wednesday.

Trump is due to leave Washington to attend the meeting over the weekend. Trump's call with Macron came the same day that he renewed support for Russia rejoining the meeting of major economies, arguing it would be appropriate to include Russia “because a lot of the things we talk about have to do with Russia.”


“So I could certainly see it being the G-8 again,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Tuesday afternoon. “And if somebody would make that motion, I would certainly be disposed to think about it very favorably.”

Russia was ousted from the annual meeting over Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014 and its continued support for pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.

Macron, meanwhile, met with Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinWe, the People: A radical idea that must persist Trump's 'soldier of fortune' foreign policy Feehery: Impeachment fever bad for Democratic governing vision MORE on Monday and said at a news conference alongside him that Russia’s reinstatement would be contingent on Moscow helping end the conflict in Ukraine.

Trump on Tuesday did not make mention of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine and asserted that then-President Obama ousted Russia from the meeting because Russian President Vladimir Putin had “outsmarted” him.

“President Obama didn’t want Russia in because he got outsmarted. Well, that’s not the way it really should work,” Trump said.