Trump to G7: Crimea Part of Russia Because Everyone Speaks Russian

The US President has imposed 25% steel tariffs- angering his Western allies

Trump, who earlier this week became the first sitting US president to meet with a North Korean leader, has pushed for such a sit-down since Putin won re-election in March, The New Yorker reported Friday, citing a senior administration official. The White House hasn't commented on his words.

"There's no stopping him", the unnamed senior administration official familiar with the internal talks told The New Yorker. "He wants to have a meeting with Putin, so he's going to have a meeting with Putin".

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on the North Lawn of the White House, Friday, June 15, 2018, in Washington.

"Putin seeks to shatter North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, he aims to diminish the appeal of the western democratic model and attempts to undermine America's moral authority", Mattis said. Experts have warned that a new nuclear arms race may be brewing among the U.S., Russian Federation and China.

"It's possible that we'll meet, yeah", Trump told reporters.

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Except within a few breaths of suggesting Obama's weakness had allowed Putin to take Crimea, Trump was talking about wanting to be nicer to Russian Federation and Putin and reconstitute the G8 with Russian Federation as a member.

Such insistence by Trump appears to mirror his comments a week ago over Russia's dismissal from the Group of 7.

While Russia has claimed Crimean residents as federal subjects of Russia, Ukraine contends that Crimea is an integral part of its territory. "They should let Russian Federation come back in, because we should have Russian Federation at the negotiating table". The Obama administration, along with the European Union and individual allied countries, imposed sanctions on Russian Federation over Crimea, and even members of Trump's Cabinet have said they will not be lifted until the situation is resolved. He repeated this position later in an interview to Fox News after the summit.

"President Obama lost Crimea just so you understand, this was before I got there", Trump said. "I'm for the United States".

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