U.S. President Donald Trump boards Marine One before departing to Camp David on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S. (Photographer: Yuri Gripas/Bloomberg)

Trump Is Said to Plan July Trip to Brussels for NATO Summit

(Bloomberg) -- 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 U.K. 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 U.S. 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 U.S. allies on national security grounds. Canada, Mexico and the European Union are irked about new U.S. tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum.

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.”

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