Donald Trump departed London today after a dramatic two days at the NATO summit where he bickered with Emmanuel Macron, had to meet behind-closed-doors with host leader Boris Johnson, and was mocked by a group, including Justin Trudeau – resulting in Trump calling him ‘two-faced’ and furiously canceling his final scheduled press conference.
Trump reacted in a snit of anger after Johnson, Macron and Trudeau were caught on a hot mic mocking him during a leaders’ reception at Buckingham Palace Tuesday night hosted by the Queen.
‘He’s two-faced,’Trump said of the Canadian prime minister.
He was then later was caught on another hot mic bragging about his put-down of Trudeau.
‘That was funny when I said the guy’s two-faced,’ he was heard saying.
Trump then tweeted about an hour later that he would leave the summit without holding a scheduled press conference, bringing an acrimonious end to the gathering where the president made news for fighting with his fellow world leaders.
He and Macron bickering about ISIS fighters after the French president criticized NATO as ‘brain dead.’
And Trump had to meet with Boris Johnson behind-closed-doors over fears of the UK prime minister appearing too cozy with his American counterpart headed into next’s weeks parliamentary election in Britain.
Johnson had pleaded with Trump ahead of the NATO meeting not to interfere in his country’s election.
The president said he would not do so – and then promptly discussed how much he liked Johnson’s leadership.
But, today, Trump was done.
‘When today’s meetings are over, I will be heading back to Washington. We won’t be doing a press conference at the close of NATO because we did so many over the past two days,’ Trump tweeted.
The talk of the NATO conference, however, was a video from Tuesday night’s reception attended by The Queen and Kate Middleton at Buckingham Palace.
.@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
Trump lashed out at Trudeau over the footage of his jocular discussion with Johnson and Macron, where the three leaders gossip about the president.
In the clip, Trudeau makes the most cutting comments, laughing about Trump’s lengthy Q&A sessions with reporters and saying even the president’s staff was shocked at some of his actions.
At a press conference today, Trudeau wouldn’t answer whether he apologized to the president for his remarks.
He said: ‘Last night I made a reference to the fact that there was an unscheduled press conference before my meeting with President Trump and I was happy to take part of it. But it was certainly notable. I’ve had a number of a good conversations with the president over today and yesterday.’
In the video from the reception, which appears to be edited, Trudeau and the other leaders are seen chuckling about Trump while Princess Anne watches on.
It shows PM Boris Johnson ask: ‘Is that why you were late?’ as he stoops down and chuckles in disbelief, before Trudeau, swigging from his drink, shoots back: ‘He was late because he takes a 40 minute press conference off the top.’
The video then cuts to a later clip, which is without context, and sees Macron pointing furiously before Danish Prime Minister Rutte exclaims ‘fake news media’ and Trudeau adds: ‘You just watched his team’s jaws drop to the floor.’ He then motions as if his jaw is dropping.
At a press conference today, Trudeau explained his remark about Trump’s team jaw dropping was at Trump’s announcement next June’s G7 meeting, which will be hosted by the United States, will be held at Camp David.
Trump, during his Tuesday afternoon one-on-one meeting with Trudeau, said that next year’s G7 meeting will be held at Camp David.
Originally Trump announced it would be held it at his Doral, Fla., golf course but he reversed that decision when even some Republicans criticized it as inappropriate.