Trump agrees to meet NATO leaders in Europe in May

February 6, 2017 04:13

WEST PALM BEACH - President Donald Trump agreed to meet alliance leaders in Europe in May in a phone call on Sunday with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg that also touched on the separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine, the White House said.

Trump was elected on a pledge to push NATO members to increase their funding to the western alliance to ease the financial burden on the United States.

This proposal has drawn opposition from both his fellow Republicans as well as Democrats and the idea has worried European allies who fear Russian President Vladimir Putin might take advantage.

A White House statement said Trump and Stoltenberg "discussed how to encourage all NATO allies to meet their defense spending commitments."

"President Trump agreed to join in a meeting of NATO leaders in Europe in May," the statement said.

Trump and Stoltenberg also "discussed the potential for a peaceful resolution of the conflict along the Ukrainian border."

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