NATO summit: Trump calls Trudeau 'two-faced' over video

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5th December, 2019 09:41:51 printer

NATO summit: Trump calls Trudeau 'two-faced' over video

 

US President Donald Trump has called Justin Trudeau "two-faced" over a video in which the Canadian leader appears to mock him at a meeting of NATO leaders, reports BBC.

Footage showed  Trudeau, UK PM Boris Johnson and French leader Emmanuel Macron discussing an impromptu press conference held by  Trump.

NATO leaders agreed a statement of unity but the 70th anniversary meeting held near London also saw several rows.

 Trump cancelled a press conference planned for after the summit.

He told reporters: "We'll go directly back. I think we've done plenty of news conferences."

What was in the video?

The brief video posted on Twitter by Canada's public broadcaster, CBC, showed  Trudeau chatting with a group of leaders, including  Johnson,  Macron, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, and Queen Elizabeth's daughter Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace.

At the start of the footage,  Johnson asked  Macron: "Is that why you were late?"

 Trudeau then interjects: "He was late because he takes a 40-minute press conference off the top."

Macron then appears to tell an anecdote, but his words are drowned out by background noise. An amused Trudeau then replies: "Oh yeah, yeah, he announced... [inaudible]. You just watched his team's jaw drop to the floor."

None of them appeared to realise they were being recorded.

In response,  Trump said of Trudeau: "He's two-faced... I find him to be a nice guy, but the truth is I called him out on the fact that he's not paying 2% [of national GDP towards defence] and I guess he's not very happy about it.

 


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