Senate Democrats warn Trump: Don't invite Putin to G-7

A group of top Senate Democrats are warning President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate Democrats warn Trump: Don’t invite Putin to G-7 Trump blames Fed for manufacturing slowdown Pence responds to Haley tweet: I’m looking forward to running with Trump in 2020 MORE against inviting Russia to rejoin the Group of Seven (G-7), after the president opened the door to allowing Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinUK station protests lack of access to government officials Senate Democrats warn Trump: Don’t invite Putin to G-7 Second senator denied visa to enter Russia MORE to take part in next year’s meeting. 

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerA ‘nation of laws’? With immigration, only when it’s convenient for Democrats Female Democratic Senate candidates in Colorado ask DSCC to rescind Hickenlooper endorsement Jewish Democratic congresswoman and veteran blasts Trump’s ‘disloyalty’ comments MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sens. Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezSenate Democrats warn Trump: Don’t invite Putin to G-7 Pelosi warns Mnuchin to stop ‘illegal’ .3B cut to foreign aid House passes temporary immigration protections for Venezuelans MORE (D-N.J.), Jack ReedJohn (Jack) Francis ReedSenate Democrats warn Trump: Don’t invite Putin to G-7 Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill What the gun safety debate says about Washington MORE (D-R.I.) and Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSenate Democrats warn Trump: Don’t invite Putin to G-7 Juan Williams: The real story behind Trump’s attack on me Lawmakers sound alarm on China’s disinformation campaign in Hong Kong MORE (D-Va.), the top Democrats on the Foreign Relations, Armed Services and Intelligence Committees respectively, sent a letter to Trump citing “strong opposition” to allowing Putin to join the G-7.

“Under no circumstances should President Putin be invited to participate in the G7 until the Russian government undertakes demonstrable actions to show its willingness to behave responsibly both domestically and abroad,” they wrote. 

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“Readmitting Putin’s Russia to the G7 would be contrary to our values and a clear abdication of the United States’ responsibilities as the world’s leading democracy,” the senators added.

The letter comes after Trump said on Monday that he would “certainly” invite Putin to join next year’s G-7 meeting. The United States will serve as host of next year’s annual gathering of world leaders, giving Trump the ability to invite heads of state who are not part of the G-7.

Russia was expelled from the then-G-8 in 2014 over its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, an incident cited by the senators in their letter to Trump. 

“If President Putin’s regime is willing to directly and flagrantly violate these international agreements and disregard the sovereignty of its neighbors, the Russian government should not be trusted with a leadership position on the world stage,” the Democratic senators wrote.

Trump has previously floated allowing Russia back into the group’s meetings, saying ahead of last year’s G-7 summit that “they should let Russia come back in because we should have Russia at the negotiating table.”

He added on Monday that he thought it would be better for Russia to be included because it would be “better to have Russia inside the tent than outside the tent.”

The pushback over potentially inviting Putin to attend next year’s meeting comes as Russia is tangling with senators. Sens. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonSenate Democrats warn Trump: Don’t invite Putin to G-7 Second senator denied visa to enter Russia The Hill’s Morning Report – Is this a turning point in 2020 Dem presidential primary? MORE (R-Wis.) and Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphySenate Democrats warn Trump: Don’t invite Putin to G-7 Second senator denied visa to enter Russia Republicans suffer whiplash from Trump’s erratic week MORE (D-Conn.) said Russia had refused to give them a visa to visit the country as part of a congressional delegation. 

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