Ahead of potentially tense meetings with NATO, President Trump arrived Wednesday in the city that headquarters the historic U.S-European military alliance – which he once described as a “hellhole” because of its immigration and refugee policies.
After a brief arrival ceremony at the Brussels airport, the president headed for a photo opportunity with the king and queen of Belgium and a bilateral meeting with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel that included a discussion of counterterrorism in the wake of Monday’s bombing at a concert in Manchester, England, for which the Islamic State has claimed responsibility.
“We are fighting very hard, doing very well under our generals, making tremendous progress,” Trump told Michel. “But when you see something like what happened a few days ago you realize how important it is to win this fight. And we will win this fight.”
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First Lady Melania Trump seemed to enjoy her visit of the Bambino Gesù pediatric hospital in Rome on Wednesday, spending time chatting, playing and taking selfies with the hospital’s young patients.
Trump met young patients from nine different countries—including Iraq and Nepal—who were among the roughly 600 patients the hospital can accommodate. The first pediatric hospital in Italy, the facility is now run by the Catholic Church but provides completely free health care, as well as housing around 3,500 families. It’s also the largest pediatric research center in Europe. Continue reading “Melania Trump visits Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital in Rome”
First Lady Melania Trump has revealed she is a Catholic after a private audience with the Pope yesterday.
It comes after Pope Francis blessed her rosary for her during her Vatican visit with the President.
Her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham confirmed to MailOnline that she practises the religion. Continue reading “Melania Trump reveals Catholic faith, is first to inhabit White House since JFK and Jackie Kennedy”
President Trump had an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace on Wednesday, receiving messages about peace, the environment and immigrants from the religious leader. The meeting came a year after the pope suggested Trump “is not Christian” because of his plan for a U.S-Mexico border wall. Continue reading “Wed, May 24, 2017: Trump meets with Pope Francis at Vatican”
The president’s first meeting with leaders from all 28 NATO member nations will provide him the opportunity to press them for greater financial contributions toward keeping Russia in check.
His scheduled speech at the summit will also give him the breathing room to proclaim America’s undying commitment to NATO, even though Trump called the alliance ‘obsolete’ while he was campaigning.
Along the way the president will meet Belgium’s King Philippe and Queen Mathilde and Prime Minister Charles Michel. He will also have a working lunch with newly elected French president Emmanuel Macron.
- Meets with European Union officials.
Lunch with President Emmanuel Macron of France.
Dinner with other leaders of the 28 NATO countries.
Trump’s audience with Pope Francis could be a tense one, since the Pontiff questioned Trump’s commitment to Christianity during last year’s election campaign in reaction to his pledge to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Trump fired back, writing that ‘[f]or a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful.’ Still, he will take advantage of the Holy See’s hospitality with a full tour of St. Peter’s.
- Meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican and tours St. Peter’s Basilica.
- Heads to the Quirinal Palace in Rome, the official residence of President Sergio Mattarella of Italy.
- Arrives in Brussels late afternoon and meets with King Philippe of Belgium.