Trump goes to London for the NATO summit, under pressure to stay away from British elections

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (Reuters) - US President Donald Trump goes to a NATO summit in London on Monday and is pressured by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resist the temptation to get into the campaign British election to be held later in December. As a presidential candidate in 2016 and then as president since the beginning of 2017, Trump has not shown moderation in showing his support for Britain's exit from the European Union and criticizing politicians involved in the country's prolonged debate on Brexit. But with Johnson leading the polls while facing the December 12 elections, the prime minister organizing the NATO summit in London wants Trump to worry about the railings, putting Trump in the unusual position of trying to avoid his normal urge to comment on whatever wishes. Trump entered the elections in October by saying that the opposition leader of the Labor Party Jeremy Corbyn would be so bad for Britain and that Johnson should agree to a pact with the leader of the Brexit Party, Nigel Farage. Johnson's pressure led the White House to emphasize, as a senior administration official said, that Trump is absolutely aware of not getting back into elections in another country. That strategy could be put to the test when Trump confronts journalists several times on the trip, even in what is expected to be a press conference on Wednesday. The NATO summit takes place while Trump fights an effort led by Democrats who control the US House of Representatives. UU. To force his impeachment through political trial over his pressure on Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden. The muddle of the accusation has overshadowed Trump's presidency as he looks toward his own reelection fight next November. Trump, who returned to the United States on Friday from a whirlwind trip to Afghanistan, arrives in London on Monday night during two days of meetings with NATO leaders gathered for the summit. He will have separate talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, and will attend a working lunch with representatives from Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Lithuania , Bulgaria and the United Kingdom. US officials see the NATO summit as a moment of celebration for Trump, as his pressure on member countries has led many to increase their military spending. He is expected to seek the support of member countries to increase pressure on China for what the United States sees as Beijing's expansionist policies. China is actively seeking a large presence and more influence around the world, including in the area of ​​NATO's responsibility, said a senior administration official. (Reporting By Steve Holland Editing by Nick Zieminski) This story has not been edited by The Times of India and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe. (This story has not been edited by and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe.)