Melania Makes Clear Her NATO Summit Was Smooth Sailing

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Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent
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First lady Melania Trump issued a conciliatory statement celebrating her visit to Belgium for the annual NATO summit in contrast to her husband’s combative experience.

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“We had a wonderful stay in Belgium,” the first lady said. “Thank you to our new Ambassador Gidwitz and Mrs. Gidwitz for hosting us, and to Belgium, for arranging Wednesday’s spousal program during the NATO Summit. I enjoyed the company of the many NATO spouses – it was an opportunity for us to come together in an exchange of ideas, and appreciate the unique cultural traits of Belgium.” 

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The first lady was publicly by her husbands side at all of his public events and also appeared in the NATO “family photo” with other leaders and their spouses.

President Donald Trump, by contrast, spent much of the summit hounding members of the alliance to increase their GDP spending on defense to at least 2 percent and eventually 4 percent. Only 5 out of 29 countries within the alliance currently spend more than 2 percent of their GDP on national defense despite committing to do so in 2006.

NATO countries placated Trump with a declaration from the alliance that they would increase spending immediately.