21 Stunning Photos of Brussels, Which Donald Trump Just Called a 'Hellhole'
Donald Trump has made it clear that he is not impressed by contemporary Europe, having bemoaned the continent's immigration policies, its health care systems, and its relatively liberal political ideologies. This week, the GOP presidential candidate even went so far as to call one beloved European metropolis "a hellhole."
“You go to Brussels. I was in Brussels a long time ago—20 years ago—so beautiful, everything’s so beautiful,” he said on Fox News on Tuesday. “It’s like living in a hellhole right now.”
Where exactly is this unofficial entrance to the fiery pits of the underworld? Somewhere within the city's incredible art scene, perhaps? At the doors of its notably affordable luxury hotels? Heaven forbid, at the city's world-class Christmas market?!
Brussels denizens have taken to Twitter to brush off the comments:
For its part, the office of Brussels Mayor Yvan Mayeur responded to a Times request for comment thusly: "We don't react to Mr. Trump's comments. Have a nice day."
Amy Schellenbaum is the digital editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @acsbaum.
Belgien, Brüssel, Mont des Arts, Park, Parkanlage, Blick auf Rathaus und Unterstadt
A merry-go-round at Bruparck.
Belgium, Brussels, residential houses at Charleroi Canal
Houses along the Charleroi Canal.
A beer festival in Grote Markt.
A beautiful city, even on a cloudy day.
The Grote Markt at night.
Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert.
The restaurant Chalet Robinson, overlooking a lake in the Cambre Woods.
The Rue de La Bourse bar in Brussels.
The city skyline.
Belgien, Brüssel, Mont des Arts, Kongresszentrum Square, Glaskubus, Park, Parkanlage, Blick auf Rathaus und Unterstadt
The city's Square conference center.
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Guildhalls on the Grote Markt.
Belgien, Brüssel, Stadtzentrum, Häuserreihe, typische Häuser, Backsteinhaus, historisch
Historic row houses.
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The royal greenhouse in Laeken.
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - MAY 25, 2014: New type of Brussels tram waiting at the terminus in front of the Schaerbeek station in Brussels
A Brussels tram.
BRUSSELS,BELGIUM- JULY, 16 2014: Brussels city life at lunch time. Square Place Jourdan at Etterbeek near European Commission and EU-district in Brussels. Typical daily lunch time scene in Brussels. At this places are several restaurants and bars.
Brussels at lunch.