U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday, Dec. 2, left for London, to attend the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in the amid of pressures at home and abroad.

The president is on his third visit to London, accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, as impeachment hearings proceed in Washington.

President Trump criticized the Democrats for continuing with the impeachment inquiry, as he was leaving for the NATO trip.

“Heading to Europe to represent our Country and fight hard for the American People while the Do Nothing Democrats purposely scheduled an Impeachment Hoax hearing on the same date as NATO. Not nice!” he tweeted.

President Trump will attend the NATO leaders meeting and a reception hosted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, the White House press secretary wrote in a statement issued on Nov. 15.

“Seventy years after its founding, NATO remains the most successful Alliance in history, guaranteeing the security, prosperity, and freedom of its members,” the press secretary said in the statement.

It stated that President Trump “looks forward to meeting with the other NATO heads of state and government to review the alliance’s unprecedented progress on burden-sharing, including adding more than $100 billion in new defense spending since 2016,” indicating a shift in the Trump administration’s attitude toward NATO.

President Trump arrived in London, just days after the terror incident on the London Bridge on Friday, Nov. 29, and as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is embroiled in a national election scheduled on Dec. 12.

“In the 3 decades before my election, NATO spending declined by two-thirds, and only 3 other NATO members were meeting their financial obligations,” tweeted President Trump.

“Since I took office, the number of NATO allies fulfilling their obligations more than DOUBLED, and NATO spending increased by $130B!” stated President Trump in the same tweet @realDonaldTrump.

“The President will also emphasize the need for the NATO Alliance to ensure its readiness for the threats of tomorrow, including those emanating from cyberspace, those affecting our critical infrastructure and telecommunications networks, and those posed by terrorism,” said the White House press secretary in the mid-November statement.

The NATO Summit will take place from Dec. 3-4 and hosted by the United Kingdom.

This week the UK will host NATO Leaders’ Meeting, welcoming the Alliance back to its first home, tweeted the U.K. Foreign Office.

President Trump expects to have bilateral meetings with various NATO leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, during the two-day summit.

President Trump clinched a concessionary deal last week in that the United States and Germany would contribute similar amount, which will be 16% of NATO headquarters’ budget.

On Wednesday, Dec. 4, NATO leaders will partake in a three-hour session at the Grove Hotel outside London.

President Trump’s press conference is scheduled for the afternoon and he will likely to be asked about the U.S. 2020 presidential campaign and the British elections on Dec 12.

With the U.K. elections just days away, British conservatives are concerned that what the President Trump says might impact elections if he openly expresses support for Johnson. And Johnson had publicly suggested that it would be better if President Trump remains silent about the U.K. elections during his London visit.

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