The group, which includes the US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom, were known as the G8 until Russia was expelled.
“I have been Russia’s worst nightmare,” Trump said. “But with that being said, Russia should be in this meeting,” he said before leaving for the G7 Summit on Saturday in Canada’s Quebec, reported Politico.
Trump said, “They should let Russia come back in because we should have Russia at the negotiating table”, according to Politico.
Leaders of other countries in the G7 are likely to pressurise Trump to lift hefty tariffs on steel and aluminium imports which he had imposed on key allies – the European Union, Canada and Mexico. However, Trump showed no signs of considering a compromise on Friday. The US president tweeted that he was “looking forward to straightening out unfair trade deals with the G7 countries”.