Published: Thu, May 25, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

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Thousands of people took to the streets of Brussels Wednesday to protest Donald Trump's policies as the US President landed in the Belgian capital for his first North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

Trump, who was arriving in Brussels later on May 24, described North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as "obsolete" during the USA presidential campaign previous year, saying it was not doing enough to fight terrorism.

(AP Photo/Peter Dejong). Protesters dressed as the Statue of Liberty march under a USA flag during a demonstration in the center of Brussels on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. In Gaza, an effigy of Trump was held at gunpoint after the US President labeled local Hamas group a terrorist organization.

TRUDEAU HEADS TO EUROPE FOR NATO, G7 SUMMITS: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is on his way to Brussels for the NATO leaders' summit, the alliance's first such meeting since U.S. President Donald Trump moved into the White House.

The first lady, a Slovenian-born former model, will tour a museum dedicated to Belgian surrealist painter Rene Magritte in the company of wives of other national leaders who will be attending a summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance across town.

Prime Minister Charles Michel said he insisted that Trump should unequivocally back the Paris Agreement on climate change and honor the US commitment to multilateral trade agreements, two issues about which Trump has raised doubts. There was no diplomatic language.

"You never know", museum director Michel Draguet said ahead of the first lady's visit.

Climate change will take center stage at a G-7 meeting in Sicily on Friday, and Trump has yet to clearly commit to respecting the landmark Paris Agreement aimed at controlling global warming.

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But he said his trip was "focused on bringing nations together", adding that the Palestinians were "ready to reach for peace". TRUMP: The Palestinians are ready to reach for peace. "He wants to throw the ball to Netanyahu and let Netanyahu refuse".

Stoltenberg said the "brutal attack" showed that the threat of terrorism remained ever present.

"We will decide that Allies will share and report on their progress every year", said Stoltenberg.

About a mile away, thousands of protesters shouting "We don't want Trump!"

Huge effigies of Trump and Michel were also on display during the march with the Belgian PM portrayed as a puppet of the USA president. -Mexican border to his treatment of women and promotion of the coal industry.

The route of the marchers stayed away from the US Embassy and the Royal Palace, where Mr Trump was holding meetings.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders will meet in Brussels on Thursday to address the Alliance's role in the fight against terrorism and fairer burden-sharing across North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Mr Trump plans to fly to Sicily late on Thursday.

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