The US president will fly into to the Belgian capital in May for a showdown with Nato members in the wake of his repeated criticisms of the defence alliance and the EU.
According to the White House press office Mr Trump agreed to make the trip to the summit starting on May 24 after speaking with Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg regarding Americas “strong support” for the union.
From The Express
The pair discussed “how to encourage all Nato allies to meet their defence spending commitments” and the potential for a peaceful resolution of the conflict along the Ukrainian border.
During his successful election campaign, Mr Trump ruffled feathers in Europe when he said he might set conditions for defending members of the alliance under attack.
He complained the US was shouldering too much of the cost for Nato and was still describing the organisation as ‘obsolete’ as recently as last month.
But his stance appears to have softened of since his conversation with Mr Stoltenberg who said he was sure the US President would remain strongly committed to the institution.
Mr Trump agreed to join the late May meeting of Nato leaders at the alliance’s headquarters in Brussels which he singled out for criticism because of its immigration policy during his election campaign.
He said the city had been particularly transformed and highlighted a number of terror plots and the city’s links to the November 2015 extremist attacks on Paris which left 130 people dead.
Speaking to supporters last January he said: “You go to Brussels — I was in Brussels a long time ago, 20 years ago, so beautiful, everything is so beautiful — it’s like living in a hell-hole right now.
“You go to these different places. There is something going on.
“Go to Brussels. Go to Paris. Go to different places. There is something going on and it’s not good, where they want Sharia law, where they want this, where they want things that — you know there has to be some assimilation. There is no assimilation. There is something bad going on.”