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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are scheduled to attend NATO's summit in London next month, including a reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II, the White House confirmed on Friday.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced in February that the military alliance would hold a summit of leaders in London in December, but the White House did not confirm at the time whether Trump would attend.

The White House, however, says Trump will travel to the United Kingdom from December 2-4 for a NATO summit, as well as attend the reception of Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

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White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement Friday that "President Trump looks forward to meeting with other NATO heads of state and government to review the Alliance's unprecedented progress in the Alliance's deal of gravity. , including the addition of more than $ 100 billion in new defense spending from 2016. "

" The President will also emphasize the need for NATO to ensure its readiness for tomorrow's threats, including those arising from cyberspace that affect our critical infrastructure and telecommunications networks, as well as those related to terrorism, she continued.

The confirmation of the meeting comes a day after the President met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House.

Trump is critical of other NATO member states that they do not meet the military spending target and rely on the United States, and that they take loans for other countries that have promised to increase spending.

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

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