President Trump will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in London next week, the White House said Friday.
Trump is also expected to meet with Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte and Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during the summit, which takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the White House.
The president is not scheduled to meet with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is hosting the summit and has said he doesn’t want “loving allies’ to get involved in U.K. politics.
There are 29 members of the military alliance, many of whom President Trump has criticized for not contributing enough money toward defense.
This is a tense time for NATO, especially in the wake of the United States’ decision to withdraw troops from northeast Syria.
Earlier this month, Macron claimed the U.S.’ actions in the region were contributing to the “brain death” of the alliance.
“What we are currently experiencing is the brain death of NATO,” Macron had told The Economist magazine.
He said the U.S. appears to be “turning its back on us.”
World leaders, including President Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, were in Paris as part of the commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the Nov. 11, 1918, armistice, which ended World War I. (Ludovic Marin/Pool Photo via AP)
“So as soon as you have a member who feels they have a right to head off on their own, granted by the United States of America, they do it,” Macron had said, referring to Turkey’s military offensive into Syria following the troop withdrawal. “And that’s what happened.”
Merkel and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg quickly rejected Macron’s remarks.
Merkel, calling the comments “drastic words,” said: “That is not my view of cooperation in NATO and I think that such a sweeping blow is not necessary, even if we do have problems, even if we must pull together.”
Fox News’ Greg Norman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.