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Dem lawmaker on Trump calling on Russia to rejoin G-7: He's 'loyal' to country that elected him

Dem lawmaker on Trump calling on Russia to rejoin G-7: He's 'loyal' to country that elected him
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Rep. John YarmuthJohn Allen YarmuthDems eye ambitious agenda if House flips Top House Budget Dem warns deficits, debt must be addressed soon Budget hawk warns 'Tax Cuts 2.0.' would balloon debt MORE (D-Ky.) on Friday mocked President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing MORE's call for reinstating Russia into the Group of Seven, saying that Trump "sure is loyal to the country that elected him."

In 2014, Russia was kicked out of what was then the Group of Eight as punishment for its illegal annexation of Crimea and supporting pro-Kremlin separatists in eastern Ukraine. Before leaving for the G-7 summit in Canada, Trump told reporters it should be let back in.

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

Yarmuth's tweet was a reference to Russia's 2016 election interference, which the intelligence community believes was done with intention of helping get Trump in the White House.

Democratic and Republican lawmakers fiercely condemned Trump's statement. Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBiden: I hope Dems don't move to impeach Trump if they retake the House Biden: Trump administration 'coddles autocrats and dictators' Election Countdown: O'Rourke goes on the attack | Takeaways from fiery second Texas Senate debate | Heitkamp apologizes for ad misidentifying abuse victims | Trump Jr. to rally for Manchin challenger | Rick Scott leaves trail to deal with hurricane damage MORE tweeted that the comment made no sense and denounced Trump for wanting to "reward" Russian President Vladimir Putin while "alienating" key democratic U.S. allies.

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) called the remark "weak" in a statement, and asserted that Putin is not America's ally.