Trump is said to plan July trip to Brussels for NATO summit

US President Donald Trump talks to the media at the White House in Washington, US. (Reuters pic)

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump will travel to Brussels to attend a NATO meeting scheduled for July 11-12, two White House officials said Wednesday.

The White House already had announced plans for Trump to visit the UK on July 13, the following day.

Trump’s first trip overseas as president included a stop at last year’s North Atlantic Treaty Organization governmental leaders meeting, allowing him to address European leaders who were worried about whether the US would continue its level of support for the NATO alliance.

This year, trade is a critical source of tension in the trans-Atlantic alliance, with Trump imposing trade penalties on US allies on national security grounds. Canada, Mexico and the European Union are irked about new US tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminium.

Trump met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House in May. During a meeting with Stoltenberg, Trump told reporters, the July NATO summit “will be both interesting and exciting.”