Donald Trump to make two-day UK visit for NATO meeting

15 November 2019, 14:19

President Trump waves as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House
President Trump waves as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House. Picture: PA

By Megan White

US President Donald Trump will visit the UK for two days next month shortly before the UK's general election, for a NATO meeting and a reception hosted by the Queen.

Mr Trump will visit from December 2 to 4 with wife Melania to attend the leaders' meeting and a dinner at Buckingham Palace.

In a statement, the White House said: “President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will travel to the United Kingdom from December 2 to 4, 2019, to attend the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Leaders Meeting and a reception hosted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

“Seventy years after its founding, NATO remains the most successful Alliance in history, guaranteeing the security, prosperity, and freedom of its members.

“President Trump looks forward to meeting with the other NATO Heads of State and government to review the Alliance’s unprecedented progress on burden-sharing, including adding more than $100 billion in new defence spending since 2016.

“The President will also emphasise the need for the NATO Alliance to ensure its readiness for the threats of tomorrow, including those emanating from cyberspace, those affecting our critical infrastructure and telecommunications networks, and those posed by terrorism.”