Just days before heading to the G-7 Summit in France, President Donald Trump on Tuesday doubled down on his support for allowing Russian Federation to rejoin the group of the world's advanced economies.
"It was the G8 for a long time, and now it's the G7", the president said during a White House meeting with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.
Trump said Russian Federation is often discussed when he and the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan meet annually.
Trump added, "I could certainly see it being the G8 again".
"He's somebody that's being put up and respected very much", Trump told reporters when asked if Sullivan - the deputy secretary of state - was under consideration to replace former ambassador Jon Huntsman, who left the position earlier this month.
Google to launch the Nest Mini, report says
Google is rumoured to be relaunching the Google Home Mini with overhauled features and dubbing it the Nest Mini instead. The precise details regarding two of the upcoming features - the built-in wall mount and the 3.5mm jack - aren't known.
Bird vs. Bunny: What do you see?
A new optical illusion is stumping the internet, and it puts the " Yanny vs Laurel " debate to shame. And not only will it keep you guessing for at least ten minutes, it also involves adorable animals.
Sri Lanka to return to Pakistan for three short-form matches
The last 25 tests in Sri Lanka , stretching back to July 2014, have produced results so it would take significant rain interference for a draw.
"I guess President Obama because Putin outsmarted him".
Trump has repeatedly indicated a desire to restore relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, although other U.S. officials have taken a more hardline stance against Moscow.
His remarks came after The New York Times reported that Trump was expected to name Sullivan to the diplomatic post, coming at a sensitive time in U.S. -Russia relations. France is hosting the annual summit of the group's heads of state this weekend in the resort city of Biarritz.
But Trump suggested Tuesday that Obama wanted Putin out because he had been "outsmarted" by Putin.
During the previous Obama Administration, Russia was kicked out of the group which was originally G-8 countries comprising the US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom and Russia.