US President Donald Trump will meet with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation heads of state in Brussels on 25 May, the White House has confirmed. Nato announced the date of the summit on Tuesday, as well as Trump’s plans to meet with Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg on 12 April in Washington.

“The president looks forward to meeting his Nato counterparts,” said the US president’s press secretary Sean Spicer in a statement. “To reaffirm our strong commitment to Nato and to discuss issues critical to the alliance, especially allied responsibility-sharing and Nato’s role in the fight against terrorism.”

During his campaign, Trump was critical of Nato, calling it “obsolete”. He also referred to Brussels as a “hellhole” following the terror attacks of 22 March, 2016.

According to news agency The Associated Press, the visit to Brussels marks Trump’s first foreign trip. His vice president Mike Pence already visited Belgium on 19 February.

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