U.S. President Donald Trump denied that the recent G7 summit with other world leaders in Quebec was “rocky,” and elaborated on his call for Russia to be reinstated to the group.

In an interview with Fox News, Trump explained his earlier calls to allow Russia back into the group it was ousted from following the illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014.

“You know, we spend probably 25 percent of our time talking about Russia and I said wouldn't it be better if they were here,” Trump said. “I'm not for Russia. I'm for the United States.”

Trump argued that if Russian President Vladimir Putin were present at the meetings, they could use the opportunity to discuss the situations in Ukraine and Syria.

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“I will tell you, as an example, if he were at that meeting I could ask him to do things that are good for the world, that are good for the country, that are good for him,” Trump said.

G7 is made up of France, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom and the U.S.

As UNIAN reported earlier, during the latest G7 summit in Canada, Donald Trump repeatedly promoted Russia's return to the group. "They threw Russia out. They should let Russia come back in. We should have Russia at the negotiating table," Trump said.