The U.S. president will seek “concrete wins and deliverables” that he can trumpet at home, according to the Council on Foreign Relations’ Kupchan. He said those could include a boost in NATO defense spending — “something he’s been beating the drum about for quite a while” — or a commitment to putting more resources toward the military effort in Afghanistan.
Trump is reportedly weighing sending as many as 5,000 more troops to Afghanistan and considering asking NATO allies to add some troops, as well.
“I think that he’ll be looking for a consensus on the way forward in Afghanistan,” Kupchan said.
At the G-7 meeting in Italy, Trump could also push for a unified effort to tighten North Korea’s “economic isolation” in response to its aggression and nuclear ambitions, Kupchan said. The Trump administration has pushed for more sanctions to deter Pyongyang.
That meeting will include the leaders Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States and the United Kingdom.