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Trump Praises Russia’s Annexation Of Crimea, Questions Why Allies Oppose Putin’s Takeover

President Trump praised Russia’s annexation of Crimea and questioned the reasoning behind NATO’s opposition to Vladimir Putin’s takeover of the region during conversations with world leaders at the G-7 last weekend, according to BuzzFeed news.

CIting two diplomatic sources, BuzzFeed reported that Trump told world leaders over dinner that Crimea was part of Russia “because most of its population speaks the Russian language,” adding that the president appeared to question why world leaders had sided with Ukraine over Russia.

“Ukraine is one of the most corrupt countries in the world,” the president said, according to the report.

Trump made headlines and sparked criticism from Congress at the G-7 summit in Canada last weekend when he called for Russia to be reinstated to the group. Russia’s membership from what was then the G-8 was suspended in 2014 following its invasion and annexation of Crimea.

“This used to be the G-8, not the G-7,” Trump said Saturday. “Something happened a while ago where Russia is no longer in.”

The G-7 summit concluded with Trump refusing to join a communique traditionally signed by every nation in the group, and publicly attacking Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over tariffs.

“Based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!” Trump tweeted on Saturday following the summit.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on BuzzFeed’s reporting.

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