Trump's Disruption Echoes Turmoil at G-7 Summit

Trump brands Germany a “captive of Russia,” days before he meets Putin

The President said: "We are supposed to be guarding against Russian Federation and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russian Federation". "Trump wants to see our allies share more of the burden and at a very minimum meet their already stated obligations", Sarah Sanders told reporters A source close to French President Emmanuel Macron also played down Trump's words as rhetoric, saying "it is not a new demand".

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries "really stepped up their commitment and stepped it up like they never have before", he added, saying the total spending amount could reach $40 billion and would be officially announced later in the day.

"They're propagandists. When I read what the Russian press said that transpired in those meetings, I don't know why - I don't believe them when they say they weren't involved in meddling in USA elections", Moran said.

TRUMP: "Frankly, many countries owe us a tremendous amount of money for many years back, where they're delinquent, as far as I'm concerned, because the United States has had to pay for them".

Germany, Europe's biggest economy, spends just 1.24%, compared with 3.5% for the US.

Macron and Putin talk regularly on the phone and have hosted each other for summit meetings in the past year, but they have found little common ground on issues such as the Syrian civil war and conflict in Ukraine.

Mr Trump said the agreement to bump spending would be worth more than $US33 billion. They also agreed in 2014 to each raise their defence spending to 2 per cent of their GDP by 2024.

The good news for those anxious about the U.S. commitment to NATO under President Trump is that Trump declared, "I believe in NATO" Thursday during a summit-ending press conference, reports the New York Times.

President Donald Trump branded Germany a "captive of Russia" for its support of a Baltic Sea gas pipeline deal this morning (July 11).

Instead, a series of events - a black-tie dinner with business leaders, a meeting with May and an audience with Queen Elizabeth II - will happen outside the bustling city, where Mayor Sadiq Khan has been in a verbal battle with Mr. Trump.

He continued that attack Thursday, complaining that, "Germany just started paying Russian Federation, the country they want protection from, Billions of Dollars for their Energy needs coming out of a new pipeline from Russian Federation".

When asked how that conversation might go, Trump said, "He may deny it".

Diplomats were already anxious about the summit ahead of time, not least because of an abrasive G7 meeting last month, when Mr Trump renounced a summit communique that had previously been jointly agreed.

Trump has ramped up his rhetoric ahead of the talks - including in 3 separate tirades on Twitter on Monday and Tuesday, July 9 and 10 - making the summit one of the most hard in years for the military alliance that has underpinned European security since World War II.

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