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After a day filled with tension and fissures in the powerful NATO military alliance, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump gabbed with their counterparts at a cocktail party with a jazz band.

The pair arrived at a cocktail party with fellow world leaders and spouses at Cinquantenaire, a park designed in the 19th century. 

The first lady wore a $7,450 Elie Saab white patterned dress, changing out of a navy blue dress by Belgian designer Raf Simmons for Calvin Klein.

First Lady Melania Trump leans in for a kiss to greet German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Park Cinquantenaire 
First Lady Melania Trump leans in for a kiss to greet German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Park Cinquantenaire 

First Lady Melania Trump leans in for a kiss to greet German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Park Cinquantenaire 

Merkel, with a glass of wine in one hand, chatted with Melania after her husband tore into Germany
Merkel, with a glass of wine in one hand, chatted with Melania after her husband tore into Germany

Merkel, with a glass of wine in one hand, chatted with Melania after her husband tore into Germany

The two appeared to be friendly despite Trump's harsh words towards Germany earlier that day. The first lady, a former Slovenian model, speaks German among other languages.
The two appeared to be friendly despite Trump's harsh words towards Germany earlier that day. The first lady, a former Slovenian model, speaks German among other languages.

The two appeared to be friendly despite Trump's harsh words towards Germany earlier that day. The first lady, a former Slovenian model, speaks German among other languages.

 Trump also chatted with German Chancellor Angela Merkel following their bilateral meeting
 Trump also chatted with German Chancellor Angela Merkel following their bilateral meeting

 Trump also chatted with German Chancellor Angela Merkel following their bilateral meeting

Leaders sit for a dinner of NATO heads of state and government at Park Cinquantenaire in Brussels
Leaders sit for a dinner of NATO heads of state and government at Park Cinquantenaire in Brussels

Leaders sit for a dinner of NATO heads of state and government at Park Cinquantenaire in Brussels

Belgian Prime Minister Michel's partner Amelie Derbaudrenghien, U.S. first lady Melania Trump and French first lady Brigitte Macron are seen ahead of NATO spouses dinner
Belgian Prime Minister Michel's partner Amelie Derbaudrenghien, U.S. first lady Melania Trump and French first lady Brigitte Macron are seen ahead of NATO spouses dinner

Belgian Prime Minister Michel's partner Amelie Derbaudrenghien, U.S. first lady Melania Trump and French first lady Brigitte Macron are seen ahead of NATO spouses dinner

Trump could be seen gesticulating as he spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, whom he complimented earlier in the day for being sympatico with his pitch for greater defense contributions.

He also chatted with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, following their bilateral meeting.  That followed the harangue he delivered against Germany at a breakfast meeting at the start of the summit when she wasn't present. 

The event was held at the Art and History Museum, and people were able to mingle outdoors. En route, they passed a triumphal arch. 

Later it fell to Melania to mingle with Merkel.  The two spoke at length. The first lady, a former Slovenian model, speaks German among other languages.

Waiters carried trays with white wine, but neither Trump nor the first lady took a drink at the start of the party. Trump doesn't drink alcohol.  

Melania dazzled in the $7,000 dress as she held hands with the president and mingled with the other guests outdoors
Melania dazzled in the $7,000 dress as she held hands with the president and mingled with the other guests outdoors
The president and first lady hold hands in Brussels
The president and first lady hold hands in Brussels

Melania beamed in a $7,000 white dress as she held hands with the president and mingled with the other guests outdoors

Trump gives a thumbs up as he walks with his wife and the French president's wife, Brigitte Macron (left)
Trump gives a thumbs up as he walks with his wife and the French president's wife, Brigitte Macron (left)

Trump gives a thumbs up as he walks with his wife and the French president's wife, Brigitte Macron (left)

Melania makes her way next to Trump as the NATO leaders pose for a group photo after arriving 
Melania makes her way next to Trump as the NATO leaders pose for a group photo after arriving 

Melania makes her way next to Trump as the NATO leaders pose for a group photo after arriving 

Watch your step: Melania appeared to be in high spirits as she 

President Donald Trump, center, kisses French first lady Brigitte Macron as U.S. first lady Melania Trump looks left during a group photo of NATO heads of state and government
President Donald Trump, center, kisses French first lady Brigitte Macron as U.S. first lady Melania Trump looks left during a group photo of NATO heads of state and government

President Donald Trump, center, kisses French first lady Brigitte Macron as U.S. first lady Melania Trump looks left during a group photo of NATO heads of state and government

French President Emmanuel Macron  kisses US First Lady Melania Trump next to US President Donald Trump before a group photograph
French President Emmanuel Macron  kisses US First Lady Melania Trump next to US President Donald Trump before a group photograph

French President Emmanuel Macron  kisses US First Lady Melania Trump next to US President Donald Trump before a group photograph

President Donald Trump, center left, and first lady Melania Trump, center, walk with Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas, right, as they arrive for a working dinner. NATO leaders gathered in Brussels Wednesday for a two-day summit to discuss Russia, Iraq and their mission in Afghanistan
President Donald Trump, center left, and first lady Melania Trump, center, walk with Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas, right, as they arrive for a working dinner. NATO leaders gathered in Brussels Wednesday for a two-day summit to discuss Russia, Iraq and their mission in Afghanistan

President Donald Trump, center left, and first lady Melania Trump, center, walk with Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas, right, as they arrive for a working dinner. NATO leaders gathered in Brussels Wednesday for a two-day summit to discuss Russia, Iraq and their mission in Afghanistan

At one point during the party, Trump held court, speaking with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, while U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stood at the edge of a circle with his hand in his pocket. 

The first lady stood nearby. Later, Merkel joined the group, while Trump spoke and gestured to both his wife and Merkel. He appeared to listen intently as Merkel responded.

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Earlier, Trump lambasted U.S. allies for routinely failing to meet a 2 percent goal on defense spending.

At the NATO summit, Trump demanded that they raise their contributions to 4 percent.

'President Trump, who spoke first, raised the issue not only to achieve 2 percent, today, but a new barrier - 4 percent,' Bulgarian President Rumen Radev told reporters, according to the wire service Reuters.

Bloomberg omitted the part where Radev said that Trump spoke first and added a claim from the Bulgarian leader that the U.S. president left the meeting immediately after his own remarks.

First Lady Melania Trump and U.S. President Donald Trump speak with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan as NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg looks on at the Park of the Cinquantenaire during the NATO Summit in Brussels
First Lady Melania Trump and U.S. President Donald Trump speak with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan as NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg looks on at the Park of the Cinquantenaire during the NATO Summit in Brussels

First Lady Melania Trump and U.S. President Donald Trump speak with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan as NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg looks on at the Park of the Cinquantenaire during the NATO Summit in Brussels

Kiss and make up P: U.S. first lady Melania Trump kisses Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as they arrive at the park of the Cinquantenaire. Trump slammed Trudeau at a recent G7 summit
Kiss and make up P: U.S. first lady Melania Trump kisses Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as they arrive at the park of the Cinquantenaire. Trump slammed Trudeau at a recent G7 summit

Kiss and make up P: U.S. first lady Melania Trump kisses Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as they arrive at the park of the Cinquantenaire. Trump slammed Trudeau at a recent G7 summit

LETS PARTY!President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are welcomed by Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and his partner Amelie Derbaudrenghien, left, as they arrive at Park Cinquantenaire in Brussels on Wednesday, July 11, 2018
LETS PARTY!President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are welcomed by Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and his partner Amelie Derbaudrenghien, left, as they arrive at Park Cinquantenaire in Brussels on Wednesday, July 11, 2018

LETS PARTY!President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are welcomed by Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and his partner Amelie Derbaudrenghien, left, as they arrive at Park Cinquantenaire in Brussels on Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Radev charged: 'He just left after he announced that.'

That exchange followed a morning appearance where Trump went after Germany for spending just a ‘little’ over 1 per cent on defense. He also called Germany a ‘captive’ of Russia and slammed a German-Russian pipeline project.

Germany is totally controlled by Russia,' Trump charged. 'I think its a very bad thing for NATO'

Merkel responded that her country is 'independent.'

The two later held a bilateral meeting which Trump lauded as ‘great.’

'We’re having a great meeting. We’re discussing military expenditure, we’re talking about trade. We have a very, very good relationship with the chancellor. We have a tremendous relationship with Germany,' Trump said.

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