(Gregory Korte, USA Today) – President Trump will travel to Brussels in May for a NATO summit, the White House said Tuesday.
The announcement comes as Trump has roiled the alliance with renewed complaints about how much European allies are paying for their defense. But administration officials say the U.S. has a “strong commitment” to the alliance.
In a meeting at the White House with German Chancellor Angela Merkel last week, Trump suggested that allies owe “vast sums of money from past years.”
He followed up that meeting with a tweet demanding that “the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!”