McConnell Bucks Trump On Readmitting Russia To G7

The Hill reports:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that Russia should not be readmitted to the Group of Seven (G-7), breaking with President Trump who has repeatedly floated having Moscow attend the group’s summits.

Asked if Russia should be let back into the economic group, McConnell told reporters: “Absolutely not.”

Trump said late last month that he wanted to expand the group of countries who take part for the next meeting, including inviting Russia. The president spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this month where, according to a White House readout, they “discussed progress toward convening the G7.”