Aug 21, 2019

Trump: Russia should rejoin the G7

President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, in June. Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

President Donald Trump told reporters Tuesday that Russia should be readmitted to the G7, saying "it should be the G8."

Why it matters: Russia was disinvited in 2014 from attending the annual meeting of countries with the leading advanced economies for annexing Crimea, and Trump's comments are likely to put him further at odds with U.S. allies ahead of his attending the G7 summit, in Biarritz, France, this week.

The big picture: Trump also called for Russia to be readmitted to the G7 summit last year. He did not attach any conditions to his proposal this time, which the New York Times notes could signal that the international community has moved on from Russia's aggression toward Ukraine.

  • French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday that he was opposed to readmitting Russia into the G7 unless the Ukraine dispute ended, per Politico, which reported Putin stressed that his country was still in the G20.
"How can I come back into an organization that doesn’t exist? It’s the G7, not the G8."
— Putin at press conference in France

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Teenager killed after shots fired at protesters in Detroit

Detroit police during protests on Friday night. Photo: Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images

A 19-year-old man was killed on Friday night after shots were fired into a crowd of demonstrators in downtown Detroit who were protesting the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, per AP.

Details: The teenager was injured when shots were fired from an SUV about 11:30 p.m. and later died in hospital, reports MDN reports, which noted police were still looking for a suspect. Police said officers were not involved in the shooting, according to AP.

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Police officers grapple with protesters in Atlanta. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

Police used tear gas, rubber bullets and pepper spray as the protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd spread nationwide on Friday evening.

The big picture: Police responded in force in cities ranging from Atlanta to Des Moines, Houston to Detroit, Milwaukee to D.C. and Denver to Louisville. In Los Angeles, police declared a stretch of downtown off limits, with Oakland issuing a similar warning.

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Supreme Court sides with California on coronavirus worship service rules

The Supreme Court has ruled 5-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the court's liberal justices, to reject a challenge to California's pandemic restrictions on worship services.

Why it matters: This is a setback for those seeking to speed the reopening of houses of worship, including President Trump.