Trump to meet EU's Juncker, Tusk

Trump will meet European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker and EU Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels on the same day he attends a NATO summit, also in the Belgian capital.

Trump to meet EU's Juncker, Tusk

World Bulletin / News Desk

US President Donald Trump will meet the EU's top officials on May 25, raising hopes that he will mend fences with a bloc that he bitterly criticised four months earlier.

The meetings will be part of Trump's first foreign tour since taking office in January, with stops also in Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Vatican and a G7 summit in Sicily, Italy.

The visit with Tusk and Juncker is a victory of sorts for the EU, which had worked behind the scenes to secure a meeting with Trump, to whom Brussels has had little access.

The visit was confirmed in a tweet by Tusk spokesman Preben Aamann a day after a White House spokesman made mention of it in Washington, adding that Trump would also meet with Belgian officials.

In the heat of the US election campaign last year, Trump rankled European leaders by predicting that other countries "will leave" the EU after Britain voted to do so in June.

Juncker quipped in response that he was ready to encourage independence movements by states in the US if Trump failed to tone down his Brexit support.

And on January 16 -- while he was president-elect -- Trump called the EU a "vehicle for Germany."

"Look, the EU was formed, partially, to beat the United States on trade, OK? So, I don’t really care whether it's separate or together, to me it doesn’t matter," Trump said in an interview with The Times and Bild.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Mayıs 2017, 15:04