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June 21 2018, 12:24 | Irvin Gilbert
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Screenshotting a headline about US President Donald Trump's suggestion that Russia be invited back to the group of nations, Conte tweeted: "I agree with President Trump: Russia should return to the G8".
And as if to add another irritant, Trump called for Russian Federation to be brought back into G7 and resurrect the G8 format, from which the Kremlin was expelled following Moscow's annexation of Crimea in 2014 and its meddling in eastern Ukraine.
"The president's support for inviting Russian Federation back into the G-7, just after they meddled in the election to support his campaign, will leave millions of Americans with serious questions and suspicions", Schumer said. Trump again railed against trade deficits with other countries and repeated that he may pursue separate negotiations with Canada and Mexico to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement.
The DC paper reported that there had been discussions for several days about whether Trump might bail on the G7 and send Vice President Pence instead.
Conte was commenting from the G7 summit in Canada, where the leaders of Italy, France, Germany, the UK, Japan, Canada and the USA are gathered for top-level talks.
He went on: "One of those promises was to improve Russian-American relations". Putin is set to stay in the country till June 10, taking part in a summit of leaders of Shanghai Cooperation Organization member-states.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, whose country is an observer member of the SCO, will also attend the summit at a time when China and Russian Federation are seeking to save the Iran nuclear deal following Trump's withdrawal from the pact.
North Korean Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chol Heading to NY Kim Yong Chol arrives at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 25, 2018. South Korean media speculated that Pompeo could make a third trip to Pyongyang after Kim Yong Chol's US trip.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Saturday the two leaders discussed the prospects for their meeting in a March phone call, and talked about locations with Vienna as a possibility. Trump said at the White House just before departing. Putin has been referring to the US president as "Donald" in public appearances and praising his acumen.
The issue of tariffs however may loom largest over Friday's talks.
Trudeau is hosting the world's most powerful countries at the two-day summit in La Malbaie, in Quebec's Charlevoix region, Trump is not expected to stay until the end.
The latest series of tweets by Trump follow posts he made last night - including his accusation that his host Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being "indignant".
The French president expressed support for Trump in his expected summit with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, but also warned his abrogation last month of a 2015 multilateral deal on the Iranian nuclear programme had cast doubt on the credibility of such agreements.
Russian Federation and China will move to "emphasize the importance of a globalized free trade regime, as a swipe to you-know-who", he toldThe Independent.
"I think we'll have a joint statement", the president said. At any rate, we are ready for this.