President Donald Trump is set to head to Europe on Friday, as the president seeks to reassure allies in the wake of his controversial trip to the region.
But the trip comes amid a flurry of foreign policy challenges and the possibility of another global crisis.
Here are the biggest takeaways: Trump is taking a two-day trip to Brussels and the Czech Republic ahead of a NATO summit next month.
He will meet with the leaders of the three countries, but will not meet with his Polish counterpart, Jaroslaw Kaczynski.
Trump is also set to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Trump’s visit comes as the White House struggles to contain fallout from the deadly shooting of two Americans at a mosque in Minnesota, and a congressional investigation into possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.
The president is expected to discuss the attack on the American mosque, which occurred during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, with Trump and senior administration officials, according to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.
Trump will also hold a meeting with NATO allies, as well as European allies such as Britain and Germany, as part of the trip.
The White House said the White Helmets, a nonprofit Syrian civil defense group that provides medical aid to civilians in Aleppo, would be among those invited to the NATO summit.
White House officials said the administration is looking to engage with allies on cybersecurity issues, particularly on Russian interference in the 2016 election.
The trip is likely to be overshadowed by the continuing probe into possible Russian interference, including any potential collusion between the Trump team and the Kremlin, and Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey.
“President Trump is expected in Brussels to meet the leaders from the three NATO allies that he will visit: Belgium, Poland, and the Republic of the Czechs,” Sanders said in a statement.
“The president is also expected to meet European leaders at a NATO Summit, a meeting that is expected take place next month.”
The White Helmet was formed in October to provide medical assistance to civilians fleeing the conflict in Aleppo in the aftermath of the attack.
The group has been called a “front for Russian propaganda.”
Trump is traveling on a Friday and Saturday, and will be joined by the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, and German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.
Trump also plans to meet Italian Prime Minster Paolo Grillo, French President Francois Hollande, and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, according the White Trump website.