Trump says would be 'appropriate' for Russia to rejoin G-7

President Donald Trump says it would be appropriate for Russia to be readmitted to a group of seven of the world's major industrial nations

In March 2014, at the urging of then-President Barack Obama, the leaders expelled Russia from what was the Group of Eight after President Vladimir Putin annexed the Crimean Peninsula.

Trump claimed Obama pushed for Russia's expulsion because Putin had "outsmarted" him.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who served as Obama's vice president, sharply criticized Trump's suggestion, saying Moscow had done nothing to deserve an invitation to rejoin the group.

Trump made similar comments about reinstating Russia to the G-7 before he attended the 2018 summit. Nothing came of it.