After a day filled with tension and fissures in the powerful NATO military alliance, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump gabbed with their counterparts at a cocktail party with a jazz band.
The pair arrived at a cocktail party with fellow world leaders and spouses at Cinquantenaire, a park designed in the 19th century.
The first lady wore a $7,450 Elie Saab white patterned dress, changing out of a navy blue dress by Belgian designer Raf Simmons for Calvin Klein.
First Lady Melania Trump leans in for a kiss to greet German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Park Cinquantenaire
Merkel, with a glass of wine in one hand, chatted with Melania after her husband tore into Germany
The two appeared to be friendly despite Trump’s harsh words towards Germany earlier that day. The first lady, a former Slovenian model, speaks German among other languages.
Trump also chatted with German Chancellor Angela Merkel following their bilateral meeting
Trump could be seen gesticulating as he spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, whom he complimented earlier in the day for being sympatico with his pitch for greater defense contributions.
He also chatted with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, following their bilateral meeting. That followed the harangue he delivered against Germany at a breakfast meeting at the start of the summit when she wasn’t present.
The event was held at the Art and History Museum, and people were able to mingle outdoors. En route, they passed a triumphal arch.
Later it fell to Melania to mingle with Merkel. The two spoke at length. The first lady, a former Slovenian model, speaks German among other languages.
Melania beamed in the $7,000 dress as she held hands with the president and mingled with the other guests outdoors
Trump gives a thumbs up as he walks with his wife and the French president’s wife, Brigitte Macron (left)
Melania makes her way next to Trump as the guests pose for a group photo
President Donald Trump, center, kisses French first lady Brigitte Macron as U.S. first lady Melania Trump looks left during a group photo of NATO heads of state and government
Waiters carried trays with white wine, but neither Trump nor the first lady took a drink at the start of the party. Trump doesn’t drink alcohol.
At one point during the party, Trump held court, speaking with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, while U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stood at the edge of a circle with his hand in his pocket.
The first lady stood nearby. Later, Merkel joined the group, while Trump spoke and gestured to both his wife and Merkel. He appeared to listen intently as Merkel responded.
Earlier, Trump lambasted U.S. allies for routinely failing to meet a 2 percent goal on defense spending.
At the NATO summit, Trump demanded that they raise their contributions to 4 percent.
First Lady Melania Trump and U.S. President Donald Trump speak with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan as NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg looks on at the Park of the Cinquantenaire during the NATO Summit in Brussels
Kiss and make up P: U.S. first lady Melania Trump kisses Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as they arrive at the park of the Cinquantenaire. Trump slammed Trudeau at a recent G7 summit
‘President Trump, who spoke first, raised the issue not only to achieve 2 percent, today, but a new barrier – 4 percent,’ Bulgarian President Rumen Radev told reporters, according to the wire service Reuters.
Bloomberg omitted the part where Radev said that Trump spoke first and added a claim from the Bulgarian leader that the U.S. president left the meeting immediately after his own remarks.
Radev charged: ‘He just left after he announced that.’
That exchange followed a morning appearance where Trump went after Germany for spending just a ‘little’ over 1 per cent on defense. He also called Germany a ‘captive’ of Russia and slammed a German-Russian pipeline project.
Germany is totally controlled by Russia,’ Trump charged. ‘I think its a very bad thing for NATO’
Merkel responded that her country is ‘independent.’
The two later held a bilateral meeting which Trump lauded as ‘great.’
‘We’re having a great meeting. We’re discussing military expenditure, we’re talking about trade. We have a very, very good relationship with the chancellor. We have a tremendous relationship with Germany,’ Trump said.
LETS PARTY!President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are welcomed by Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and his partner Amelie Derbaudrenghien, left, as they arrive at Park Cinquantenaire in Brussels on Wednesday, July 11, 2018