ALCINDOR: “Thank you Mr. President. Yamiche Alcindor, PBS NewsHour. Why do you think it’s appropriate to invite Russia to the G-7 given that they’ve meddled in the 2016 election? And are you worried that if Russia does come to the G-7 that it might hurt you politically because it’s only going to be a couple of months before the 2020 election?”

TRUMP: “I don’t care politically. I really don’t. A lot of people don’t understand this. I ran one election and I won, happened to be for president. I don’t care politically. I’m going to run another election. I think I’m winning based on polls that we see. Whether I win or not I have to do the right thing. I don’t do things for political reasons. Is it good? Probably not. Maybe it is. I mean, a lot of people are smart. A lot of people say having Russia, which is a power, having them inside the room is better than having them outside the room. By the way, there were numerous people during the G7 that felt that way. And we didn’t take a vote or anything, but we did discuss it. My inclination is to say yes, they should be in. Really, it was President Obama — I’m not blaming him, but a lot of bad things happened with President Putin and President Obama. One of the things that happened was, as you know, what happened with a very big area, a very big and important area in the Middle East where the red line was drawn and then President Obama decided that he was not going to do anything about it. You can’t draw red lines in the sand, you just can’t do it. And the other was in Ukraine having to do with a certain section of the Ukraine that you know very well, where it was sort of taken away from President Obama — not taken away from President Trump, taken away from President Obama. President Obama was not happy this happened because it was embarrassing to him, it was very embarrassing to him, and he wanted Russia to be out of what was called the G8. And that was his determination. He was outsmarted by Putin. He was outsmarted. President Putin outsmarted President Obama. Wait a minute. And I can understand how President Obama would feel, he wasn’t happy and they’re not in it for that reason. Now, I’m only thinking about the world and I’m thinking about this country in terms of the G7, whether it’s G7, G8. I think it would be better to have Russia inside the tent than outside the tent. Do we live either way? Yes, we live either way. Is it politically popular for me to say that? Possibly not. I think a lot of people would agree with me, frankly, but possibly not. I do nothing for politics. You’re going to smile at that. I do nothing for politics. I do what’s right and people like what I do, but I just do what’s right. If I wanted to go strictly by politics, I’d probably pull that and possibly I’d say, ‘Oh gee, I don’t want Russia in.’ But I really think it’s good for security of the world, it’s good for the economics of the world. Remember, they’re building a big pipeline in Europe going right up to Germany, and I said to Angela, who I’ve had a great relationship with, I said, ‘You pay Russia billions of dollars and then we defend you from Russia.’ I say, ‘How does that work for?’”