Donald Trump has agreed to attend the G-7 Summit in Italy in May during his telephonic conversation with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, in what could be his first visit to Europe as USA president.
Speaking on the executive order passed by him banning immigrants from nine muslim-majority countries, Trump said that "We need strong programs so that people that love us...are allowed in".
US President Donald Trump will attend a summit of the seven leading industrialised countries (G7) in Italy this May, the White House announced in a statement.
According to the White House, the two leaders "discussed how to encourage all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to meet their defense spending commitments".
"The European elites for whom Europe is a religion thought that Trump the president would adopt the faith and drop the heretical views of Trump the candidate", said Mr. Hulsman, "so it's a shock to them that he means what he says".
After a call with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, the White House said Trump would attend the meeting of the seven leading industrialized economies in Taormina, Sicily.
He repeated that criticism last month in an interview with a German newspaper.
Sunday's call came after EU leaders met in Malta last week, where they denounced the incoming President's recent attacks on Europe as they met for a summit to debate the future of the union.
European leaders have expressed concern over Trump administration policies - many of which go against deep-rooted assumptions of the Western alliance - when they met at an EU conclave in Malta.
The statement on February 5 said the two "discussed the potential for a peaceful resolution of the conflict" in eastern Ukraine, without providing details.
Speaking during his first visit to the headquarters of US Central Command in Tampa, Florida, Mr Trump said he now "strongly supported" the bloc.