Trump, Putin talk G-7 plans

Trump, Putin talk G-7 plans
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse panel approves 0.5B defense policy bill House panel votes against curtailing Insurrection Act powers after heated debate House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops MORE on Monday spoke with Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinOvernight Defense: House panel votes to ban Confederate flag on all Pentagon property | DOD report says Russia working to speed US withdrawal from Afghanistan | 'Gang of Eight' to get briefing on bounties Thursday The United States must stand with Georgia's fight for freedom Russians vote to keep Putin in power until 2036 MORE about plans for this year's Group of Seven (G-7) summit, after Trump said over the weekend that he hoped to add Russia and three other nations to the annual meeting.

A White House spokesman said the two leaders “discussed progress toward convening the G7.” The Kremlin said in a separate statement that Trump told Putin about his idea of inviting Russia, Australia, India and South Korea to the annual G-7 summit, which will be hosted by the U.S.

Trump told reporters Saturday that he would postpone the G-7, scheduled to take place June 10-12, until September or later and planned to invite the four additional nations to the summit.

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The Trump administration had planned to host the summit at Camp David but scrapped the in-person meeting in favor of a virtual summit as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The G-7 consists of the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom. The four additional nations Trump wants to add are all part of the Group of 20. Earlier Monday, Trump spoke to South Korean President Moon Jae-in about plans to convene the G-7 summit, according to the White House.

Trump has previously suggested it would be appropriate to add Russia to the G-7; Moscow was expelled from what was then the G-8 over its seizure of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauHispanic Caucus asks Trump to rescind invitation to Mexican president The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Stagwell President Mark Penn says Trump is losing on fighting the virus; Fauci says U.S. 'going in the wrong direction' in fight against virus Trump insulted UK's May, called Germany's Merkel 'stupid' in calls: report MORE said Monday that Canada does not support Russia being added to the summit because Moscow continues to violate international law.

Trump and Putin also discussed efforts to defeat the novel coronavirus and reopen their respective economies on Monday's call.

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“President Trump conveyed that the United States is working hard to care for Americans at home and provide assistance to other countries in need, including the donation of 200 ventilators to the Russian people,” White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said. 

The Kremlin said the two leaders also discussed the OPEC+ agreement on cuts to oil output.

Updated at 4:07 p.m.