Trump to attend NATO summit in Brussels on May 25

© Reuters. US President Donald Trump delivers a speech at the Congressional Republican National Committee March Dinner in Washington, USA.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US President Donald Trump will attend a summit of leaders of the NATO nations on May 25 in Brussels, the White House said on Tuesday.

Trump’s visit will give him a chance to make his case for why many NATO allies need to boost defense spending to help spread the cost of the security umbrella.

Trump has made key European allies nervous with his demands that they increase defense spending and his speech of establishing an alliance with Russia to counter Islamic State militants.

“The president looks forward to meeting with his NATO counterparts to reaffirm our strong commitment to NATO and discuss critical issues for the alliance, especially the shared responsibility of allies and the role of NATO in fighting terrorism,” said one statement from the White House.

Trump will welcome NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to the White House on April 12 to discuss “how to strengthen the alliance to meet challenges to national and international security,” the statement said.

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