US President Donald Trump is meeting with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at the White House, as the US is kicking off new trade talks with the European Union.
Trump is welcoming Conte to the Oval Office for the Italian prime minister’s first trip to Washington since he took over the country’s new populist government.
Trump and EU officials averted escalating a trade dispute last week and are expected to start negotiations aimed at avoiding tariffs on automobiles and removing trade barriers.
Conte leads the euroskeptic coalition of the 5-Star Movement, which considers itself anti-establishment, and the right-wing, north-based League party.
The White House has noted that Italy is an important NATO ally and a key partner to US forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.