Italian PM to visit White House on July 30

Posted on JUN 28, 2018

President Trump foreshadowed the visit earlier this month after first meeting the Prime Minister, tweeting, "He will be honored in Washington, at the @WhiteHouse, shortly."

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will meet U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on July 30, the White House said in a statement on Thursday.

"Italy is an important NATO ally and key in bringing stability to the Mediterranean region," the statement read. "Together, the United States and Italy will look to deepen cooperation in addressing global conflicts and promoting economic prosperity on both sides of the Atlantic."
POLITICO reported that the two leaders met for the first time at the G7 summit earlier this month.Trump was quick to call Conte a "great guy" approval that is in contrast to his frayed relations withother Western leaders.

"Just met the new Prime Minister of Italy, @GiuseppeConteIT, a really great guy," the presidenttweetedon the last day of the summit. "He will be honored in Washington, at the @WhiteHouse, shortly. He will do a great job the people of Italy got it right!"

The Italian prime minister broke with the EU by backing Trump's call for Russia to be allowed back into the talks. He has also pledged to push for the EU to revise sanctions against Russia, as reported by POLITICO.

Conte was appointed in May as head of Italy's new government, a coalition between the far-right League and anti-establishment 5 Star Movement, and has said in the past that he is "proud to be populist.