Russia Was the Big Winner From Trump’s G7 Performance
Sonam Sheth - Business Insider
- Russia was expelled from the G8 after it annexed Crimea five years ago. Since then, Russia has done little to make up for its actions; in fact, it's stepped up its aggression against Ukraine, the US, the UK, and other countries.
- So it stunned world leaders when President Donald Trump went to bat for Russia during the G7 summit and aggressively lobbied for Moscow's readmittance to the group without conditions.
- Trump repeatedly refused to hold Russia accountable, blamed former President Barack Obama for Russia's violation of international law, expressed sympathy for Russian President Vladimir Putin, and even castigated other G7 members for not giving Russia a seat at the table.