Republican Senator John McCain blasted President Trump on Friday for demanding that Russia be invited back to the G-7, suggesting that the move is the “antithesis” of principled realism and “a sure path to diminishing America’s leadership in the world.”
He marked himself as the the third Republican senator to denounce Trump’s statement that the G-7, a group of Western economic powers and Japan, should not be meeting this weekend in Quebec without Russia present.
McCain compared Trump’s friendly words for Russia to his hash negotiating tactics with U.S. allies such as Canada, Mexico and the European Union on trade.
“The president has inexplicably shown our adversaries the deference and esteem that should be reserved for our closest allies,” McCain said in a statement.
“Those nations that share our values and have sacrificed alongside us for decades are being treated with contempt. This is the antithesis of so-called ‘principled realism’ and a sure path to diminishing America’s leadership in the world,” he added.
Democratic leaders were also quick criticize Trump’s statement.
“President Trump is turning our foreign policy into an international joke, doing lasting damage to our country, without any rhyme or reason,” said Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer.
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