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Trump to meet Italian premier ahead of G-7 meeting in Italy

21 April 2017

President Donald Trump is holding his first meeting with Italy's prime minister. " The prime minister's visit comes a month prior to Mr. Trump's scheduled visit to Italy for his first G7 summit, where the leaders of the U.S., Italy, Germany, Canada, France, Japan and Britain will discuss the economy and, likely, national and global security issues".

Following a meeting in the Oval Office and a bilateral meeting between the two leaders and their delegations, Trump and Gentiloni will hold a joint news conference.

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Trump plans to attend a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Belgium next month before the G-7 gathering in Italy. The EU has been a constant target, and Le Pen has called for a referendum similar to last year's Brexit vote. Italy is also a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the military alliance to which Trump says the USA contributes more than it receives. Italy's contribution is less than 1 percent.

Trump to meet Italian premier ahead of G-7 meeting in Italy