White House confirms Trump meeting with Juncker next week
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will host European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at the White House next week for talks on a “wide range of priorities, including foreign and security policy, counterterrorism, energy security and economic growth,” the White House press office confirmed today.
The announcement of the visit on July 25 had been expected. It came one day after Trump returned from a weeklong trip to Europe that began with a fractious summit with NATO allies and ended with a surprisingly harmonious meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin that left many observers scratching their heads.
During an interview with CBS News that aired Sunday, Trump called the European Union “a foe” of the United States — at least in an economic sense — along with other nations like China and Russia. Most members of the NATO alliance are also members of the EU, aside from Canada, Norway, Iceland and Turkey.
Trump has already imposed tariffs on EU steel and aluminum imports in the name of national security, and is threatening to do the same on EU auto and auto part imports. Trump’s metal duties prompted the EU to respond in kind on U.S. agricultural and other exports.
Trump also routinely complains about the size of the U.S. goods trade deficit with the EU, which totaled $151 billion last year. He seems less aware that the EU is the largest source of foreign investment in the United States, totaling more than $2 trillion dollars at the end of 2016.