Meghan McCain Blasts Trump’s G7 Invitation for Russia: “Putin Is Getting Everything He Wants”
This weekend, President Trump managed to further alienate the United States’ closest allies when he attended the G7 summit in Canada. The G7 meeting came on the heels of the president’s announcement that he would impose steel and aluminum tariffs on the nations’ closest allies.
Prior to the G7 summit, Trump also called for Russia to be re-admitted to the group of world leaders. While at the summit on Saturday, he doubled down on that call saying, “I think it would be an asset to have Russia back in.” The president went on, “I think it would be good for the world. I think it would be good for Russia. I think it would be good the United States. I think it would be good for all of the countries of the current G7. I think the G8 would be better.”
Russia was expelled from the then-G8 after Putin annexed Crimea. To this day, Crimea remains occupied by the Russians. President Trump claims that Russia makes the group more meaningful and also blames his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, for Putin’s violence in Crimea.
He said, “I would say that the G8 is a more meaningful group than the G7, absolutely.” He added of Crimea’s annexation, “You’ll have to ask Obama because he was the one that let Crimea get away. He allowed Russia to take Crimea. I may have had a much different attitude.”
During Monday’s episode of The View, Meghan McCain, daughter of Senator John McCain (R-AZ), called Trump on his assault on Western allies.
“I have been so upset, deeply upset, over the idea that we would possibly let Russia back into the G8––G7. I think people need to understand that in 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea, which was part of the Ukraine, it was the first violation of European country’s border since World War II. Putin is using aggression, he has blood lust for the Soviet Union, and he is going to try to expand into Europe in every way possible and undermine democracy.”
McCain continued, “We as Americans in the G7, we with our allies, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the point of this is that we do not agree, we do not stand for tyranny, for dictatorship, for killing journalists, for killing people who speak out.”
She went on, “Do we as Americans believe in freedom and democracy in Europe, or do we believe in tyranny and dictatorships where you can just kill people at any moment?”
Finally, McCain cautioned, “It is petrifying going forward in our world globally and what it means for the expansion — Putin is getting everything he wants. He is probably laughing his face off, and he is getting more and more powerful, and why did we even engage in the Cold War?”