The recent NATO conference in the UK ended up in an unpleasant altercation between the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the US President Donald Trump after the video of the world leader mocking the US President went viral on social media.
The video that has gone viral shows French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte laughing at the US President at the event in Buckingham Palace last night.
#Trump cancelled a presser & left the NATO summit early because of a video of other leaders giggling about him. He later called #JustinTrudeau two-faced. Trudeau has his problems, but if he were two-faced, both those faces would be pretty cute!
— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) December 5, 2019
The 25-second video clip begins with Macroon and Johnson asking why Donald Trump was late. Trudeau replied: “He was late because he takes a … 40-minute press conference at the top.” The Canadian Prime Minister or other leaders did not once mention his name but the conversation became his Trudeau’s hot mic moment.
“You just watched his team’s jaws drop to the floor,” Trudeau was heard saying further in the video. Grumpy US President Donald Trump ended up calling Justin Trudeau ‘two-faced’ when he asked on the viral video of world leaders talking about him in the press conference later.
After Donald Trump called him ‘two-faced’, Prime Minister Trudeau admitted that he and other world leaders were talking about US President Donald Trump in the video. President Trump after taking an aim at Canadian Prime Minister added that: “honestly with Trudeau, he’s a nice guy.”
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“I find him to be a very nice guy. But the truth is I called him out because he’s not paying their 2 percent and I guess he’s not happy about that,” Trump continued. “He should be paying 2 percent. It’s Canada and they have money and they should be paying 2 percent” said US President Trump further in response to a question.
“Last night I referred to the fact that there was an unscheduled press conference before my meeting with President Trump. I was happy to be part of it but it was certainly notable,” Trudeau clarified in a press conference on Wednesday.
Trudeau added that he is not concerned about the US-Canada relationship following his comments.
Watch U.S. President Trump @POTUS put Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau on the spot about whether Canada should increase NATO spending. #cdnpoli #nato #TrumpUKVisit pic.twitter.com/RhYggeXPdW
— Power & Politics (@PnPCBC) December 3, 2019
The world leaders laughed at Trump’s behavior but it was apparent with the isolation US President Donald Trump confronted at the two-day NATO Summit.
.@JustinTrudeau, @EmmanuelMacron, @BorisJohnson and other VIPs shared a few words at a Buckingham Palace reception Tuesday. No one mentions @realDonaldTrump by name, but they seem to be discussing his lengthy impromptu press conferences from earlier in the day. (Video: Host Pool) pic.twitter.com/dVgj48rpOP
— Power & Politics (@PnPCBC) December 3, 2019
Verbal spat with French President
US Donald Trump had a dispute with French President Emmanuel Macron during the presser in the NATO Summit on Macron’s last month’s comments on the ‘brain death’ of the NATO. Macron, in his interview with The Economist last month had criticized the antipathy of the USA to the military alliance.
I can’t blame @JustinTrudeau for this video getting out or the other leaders taking part in the conversation. They thought they were having a private chat. The big question is which staffer screwed up so badly that they let this camera in with the mic on?
— Brian Lilley (@brianlilley) December 4, 2019
President Trump defined Macron’s comments as ‘nasty’ and ‘very insulting’ implicating for the instability in the France-USA relationship.
International media already reported that President Trump has been confronting isolation in the NATO Summit earlier before the two episodes of his unpleasant trade of comments with prominent world leaders.
Isolation at NATO Summit
Even British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was observed distancing himself from the US President owing to the elections. Prime Minister Johnson also did not call US President his ‘friend’ in the presser probably because he does not want to be dragged into another controversy before elections.
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It was reported that US President Trump suddenly called off his press conference scheduled at the end of the NATO Summit. When asked about the cancellation of his press conference Donald Trump said: “Oh, and then you know what they’ll say. ‘He didn’t do a press conference. He didn’t do a press conference.’ That was funny when I said the guy’s two-faced, you know that.”