Dutch prime minister to meet Donald Trump on July 2

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte will meet US president Donald Trump on July 2, the White House said on Monday.

‘President Trump looks forward to reaffirming the strong bonds of friendship between the United States and the Netherlands, which reach back over four hundred years,’ the White House said in a statement.

‘The president and prime rinister will discuss trade and investment between the United States and the Netherlands. They will also discuss shared defense and security goals, both within the Nato and globally.’

The statement does not say how long has been allocated to the meeting. According to broadcaster NOS, Rutte will be accompanied to the US by aid and foreign trade minister Sigrid Kaag.

Last month Rutte described the way US president Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal as ‘bullish’ and criticised his ‘go it alone’ strategy.

‘After being urged by Europe not to do it, the US goes and pulls out of the deal with Iran in a very bullish way,’ Rutte told broadcaster NOS.

‘America is doing all sorts of things under its own steam, without taking its allies into account. And that is not a good thing.’

Rutte went on to say that friendship with the US remains important, but that the assumption that friends listen to each other and take each other into account ‘would appear to have been shot through’

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