Wrapping up talks with fellow leaders of the 29-nation trans-Atlantic alliance, Trump reaffirmed support for NATO, but only after stirring more discord with a vague threat that the United States could go its own way if the allies resisted his demands for additional military spending, capping a summit meeting punctuated by his escalating complaints. Partners including European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker therefore left the discussion.
"Trump took advantage of his speaking time to return to the issue of burden sharing" during the Ukraine and Georgia meeting, a diplomatic source told AFP.
Sen. John McCain praised the Department of Justice's announcement of the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for interfering in the 2016 presidential election, adding President Donald Trump shouldn't meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin unless he holds him accountable.
Trump added, "All NATO Nations must meet their 2% commitment, and that must ultimately go to 4%!"
Reports suggest the US President told allies that the US "could do it's own thing" unless they increased their defence budgets.
"What you spend on a military budget doesn't necessarily automatically lead to greater capacity to contribute to NATO's defence", he said.
Last month, Trump called for Russian Federation to be readmitted to the G-7 after it was expelled for the annexation of Crimea in 2014.
So how does Rosenberg advise President Trump to approach his upcoming meeting with Putin?
"It confirms the goal of 2 percent by 2024".
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who called the summit "very intense", and other leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron, played down the extent to which they had pledged to accelerate spending plans as fast as Trump wanted.
There is no penalty for not reaching the 2% goal; it's simply a guideline, and most member states have increased defense spending even if they haven't reached that goal quite yet.
Under fire for his warm embrace of Russia's Vladimir Putin, Trump on Wednesday also turned a harsh spotlight on Germany's own ties to Russian Federation, alleging that a natural gas pipeline venture with Moscow has left Angela Merkel's government "totally controlled" and "captive" to Russian Federation.
The last, brief meeting between Putin and Trump took place in November 2017 in Vietnam during an APEC summit.
"We agree that it is important to engage Russian Federation from a position of strength and unity and that we should continue to deter and counter all efforts to undermine our democracies", she said.
Trump said he does not anticipate a "Perry Mason" moment when he confronts Putin on the issue, a reference to a decades-old US television courtroom drama, and he predicted Putin would continue to deny the allegations.
"We are ready to address practically all questions relating to bilateral relations and the worldwide agenda", Ushakov said. "The American people deserve to know the truth and the special counsel's investigation is doing just that".