- Title: U.S., French first ladies visit Magritte Museum in Brussels
- Date: 25th May 2017
- Summary: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (MAY 25, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF U.S. FIRST LADY MELANIA TRUMP'S MOTORCADE ARRIVING AT MAGRITTE MUSEUM / MELANIA WALKING TOWARDS ENTRANCE MELANIA TRUMP'S MOTORCADE / POLICE (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRUSSELS RESIDENT AND CONSULTANT, PETER JAN, SAYING: "So actually we are just walking in the city, and we saw there was something here and apparently, it was Melania Trump. So, that is why we are here." VARIOUS OF CROWD BEHIND FENCE WAITING FOR SPOUSES OF LEADERS FROM NATO VARIOUS OF FRENCH FIRST LADY BRIGITTE TROGNEUX'S MOTORCADE ARRIVING / TROGNEUX WALKING TOWARDS ENTRANCE MOTORCADE OUTSIDE MUSEUM BULGARIAN FIRST LADY, DESISLAVA RADEVA, WALKING TOWARDS ENTRANCE PEOPLE SITTING ON STAIRCASE OPPOSITE MUSEUM HUSBAND OF LUXEMBOURG'S PRIME MINISTER XAVIER BETTEL, GAUTHIER DESTENAY, WALKING TOWARDS ENTRANCE (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH TOURIST AND NHS WORKER FROM LONDON, JEREMY DAVIS, SAYING: "Well, I suppose it's good if they come and see some of the Belgian culture, that's really good for them to see." PEOPLE WAITING VARIOUS OF SLOVENIAN FIRST LADY MOJCA STROPNIK'S MOTORCADE ARRIVING / STROPNIK WALKING TOWARDS ENTRANCE PEOPLE LOOKING ON TROGNEUX WAITING FOR OFFICIAL CAR OUTSIDE MUSEUM MOTORCADE LEAVING VARIOUS OF TROGNEUX WAITING OUTSIDE AS HER OFFICIAL CAR ARRIVES MOTORCADE IN FRONT OF MUSEUM
- Embargoed: 8th June 2017 19:06
- Keywords: Magritte museum Trogneux first ladies spouses Melania
- Location: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
- City: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
- Country: Belgium
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016IC6DZB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:As her reality TV star husband met many of his Western allies for the first time as U.S. president on Thursday (May 25), Melania Trump was offered a different take on the surreal by her hosts in Brussels.
The first lady, a Slovenian-born former model, toured a museum dedicated to Belgian surrealist painter Rene Magritte in the company of spouses of other national leaders who will be attending a summit of the NATO military alliance across town.
Trump's 47-year-old third wife was joined by other NATO spouses including the devoutly Muslim wife of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan; Brigitte Trogneux, who met Emmanuel Macron when she taught the new French president in school; and Gauthier Destenay, who is married to Luxembourg's gay Prime Minister Xavier Bettel.
Famed for works like the 1964 "self-portrait" of a bowler-hatted man whose face is hidden by an apple or the image of a pipe subtitled "Ceci n'est pas une pipe" (This is not a Pipe), Magritte has much to teach the world about questioning outward appearances, and about self-effacement, Belgian organisers said.
Locals and tourists gathered outside hoping for a glimpse of, arguably, a most glamourous side of Donald and Melania Trump's first official foreign trip.
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