Upon Trump’s arrival in Brussels, thousands of Belgians took to the streets to protest the American President.
According to Belgian authorities, almost 10,000 people attended the rally.
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) May 24, 2017
Marchers held signs that read “Fight Donald Trump and his billionaire friends,” “Free Melania,” and “Stay out of our hole,” referring to when Trump said that Brussels is like “living in a hellhole.”
While in Brussels, Trump will attend a NATO summit where he is expected to pressure fellow member states to boost defense spending to two percent of GDP. Currently, only five of the 28 NATO allies have met this target.
This is, however, precisely why thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets, claiming that his trip was solely to perpetuate his “war agenda.”
Per NBC News:
“He wants Europe to spend more money on war when he should be investing in peace,” said Ludo De Brabander, one of the organizers of the demonstration. “If all the EU member states pay two percent of their GDP on military spending, that’s billions of dollars that should be spent helping the poor, not investing into a war machine,” he added.
While Trump’s approval ratings continue to plummet at home, this less-than-warm welcome to Europe is evidence that the whole world is watching and history is judging.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.