Expanding the G-7 Makes Sense. Including Russia Does Not

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to media after the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, June 29, 2019 (AP photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko).
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to media after the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, June 29, 2019 (AP photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko).
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Pity the U.S. officials in charge of planning this year’s Group of 7 summit. President Donald Trump initially planned to convene the annual summit at his own private golf resort in Miami. When this bit of self-dealing elicited bipartisan blowback, he shifted the site of the meeting, originally scheduled for this week, to Camp David. Then COVID-19 intervened, and the White House announced plans for a virtual summit, only to have Trump propose on May 20 that the leaders would gather in person after all. When German Chancellor Angela Merkel demurred, the peeved president pivoted again. On May 30, without […]

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