Putting a fearless face on a failed effort by President Donald Trump to have Russia readmitted to the world's most exclusive diplomatic club, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the G-7 represented fewer people and had less economic heft than the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
Taking to Twitter, Sanders said, "I find it very odd that President Trump has such a hard time getting along with the leaders of the world's major democracies but feels very comfortable with despots and authoritarian leaders like Putin, Xi Jinping, Duterte and Mohammad Bin Salman".
Former Obama National Security Council spokesman Ned Price told CNN that "today crystallizes precisely why Putin was so eager to see Trump elected".
On Sunday, Xi and Putin toasted the expansion of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, an eight-member bloc created to coordinate security policies across Asia. The potential meeting would be the third between the two.
'As soon as the United States side is ready, the meeting will take place, depending, of course, on my working schedule'. "It's in everyone's interests", Conte added, in an echo of Trump's own words after the combative USA president shocked both his allies and those back in his own country when he announced in Washington that, "Russia should be in (sic) this meeting", Trump told reporters in Washington as he left the White House.
But both nations have touted their nuclear supremacy.
Xi called upon the two sides to take deepening political relations as the overarching principle to continuously enhance strategic mutual trust, increase exchanges at all levels, and continue to understand and support each other on issues of major concerns involving their respective core interests. The addition of South Asian rivals India and Pakistan have also raised questions about the group's long-term cohesiveness.
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Trump's comments are likely to be greeted warmly in Moscow, and perhaps too in Rome, where a new populist dominated government would like better ties with the Kremlin. The president said Saturday that re-admitting Russian Federation to the elite club would be "an asset", telling reporters, "we're looking for peace in the world".
Former Vice President Joe Biden denounced Trump's remarks, writing on Twitter, "Putin's Russian Federation invaded its neighbors, violated our sovereignty by undermining elections, and attacks dissidents overseas".
"It's kind of insulting", Trudeau said.
At the Group of Seven summit, Trump continued to push his irrational idee fixe that the United States - the richest nation in the world - has been victimized by its friends.
President Donald Trump's trade adviser says: "There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door".
A Canadian official responded in a more measured tone.
If Turkish and US forces provide security in the town until its governance transferred to its legal residents, what "protection" was this terrorist organization guaranteed? John McCain, R-Ariz, posted on Twitter: "To our allies: bipartisan majorities of Americans remain pro-free trade, pro-globalization & supportive of alliances based on 70 years of shared values". We can't pose a security threat to the United States, and I know that Americans understand that.