U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he would postpone a Group of Seven summit he had hoped to hold next month until September or later to invite four additional non-member nations — including Russia.
The Group of Seven countries, previously the G-8, included Russia until its membership was suspended in 2014 over its annexation of Crimea in Ukraine. Thus, a move to invite Russia would be controversial. But Trump has already mused before about bringing Moscow back into the fold.
Calling the setup “outdated” at the moment, President Trump said he’d like to extend an invitation to leaders from Russia, Australia, India and South Korea as well the current participants.
He claimed that “it does not properly represent what’s going on in the world.”
White House spokeswoman Alyssa Farah said Trump wants the countries to “discuss China” at the summit.