At–the– NATO– anniversary– celebration– at Buckingham– Palace on– Wednesday, several– world leaders– appeared to mock– President– Donald– Trump in– an exchange– that was– caught– on– camera.
Canadian– Prime– Minister– Justin– Trudeau, British– Prime– Minister– Boris Johnson, French– President– Emmanuel– Macron, Dutch– Prime– Minister– Mark Rutte, and the– British– Princess– Anne– laugh while– seemingly discussing– Trump, in a– video– that– has– since– gone– viral.
.@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
In– the– video, Johnson– asks– Macron, “Is that– why you– were– late?”
Trudeau– responds, “He was– late– because he– takes a 40-minute — 40-minute– press– conference– off the top.”
Trump– is never– directly named– in the video, but the– unguarded– conversation seems to– refer to– a– tense– press– conference– Macron– and– Trump held– the– previous day.
Macron– appears to be– speaking– spiritedly, gesturing– with his– hands, but– he and the others– present are– inaudible– in the– video.
“You– just– watched his– team’s– jaws– drop to– the– floor,” Trudeau– says, after– a– cut in the– footage.
JUST IN: Asked about video of NATO leaders caught on camera speaking candidly, President Trump says PM Trudeau "is two-faced," but adds "honestly, he's a nice guy." https://t.co/A0kQ00ymEc pic.twitter.com/a1LDVCzenI— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 4, 2019
In a– press– conference– Wednesday, Trump– called Trudeau “two-faced” for– his comments, before– adding, “Honestly, he’s a– nice– guy.” He– also– suggested– that– the– remarks– may– have– been– because– Trudeau is “not very happy” that Trump wants– Canada– to– contribute– more– funds– to– NATO.
“The– truth is– that– I called– him out on– the fact– that he’s– not– paying 2%, and I guess– he’s– not– very happy– about it,” Trump– said.
He– then– tweeted that– he– canceled– his last– press– conference– and– would– leave– the summit– early.
Johnson– later denied– they– were talking– – about Trump, telling reporters, “That’s complete– nonsense, and I don’t– know– where– that has– come– from… I really don’t know– what– is– being– referred to– there.”
Trudeau– confirmed they– were discussing– Trump, saying the– comment– about– his team’s– jaws– dropping– was– about– Trump– unexpectedly– announcing the US– would– hold the– next G7– summit at– Camp– David.
The video– spread– quickly, and– many– people– noted– the irony– that– Trump repeatedly– made– comments that “the world is laughing at us” while– on– the campaign– trail.
Can’t get over this video, both for the fact that POTUS hates the thought of anyone laughing at him and for the fact that he long used “other countries are laughing at us” as an attack against his predecessors. https://t.co/j2zmF27vBK— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) December 4, 2019
Another– video– from– the– reception– in which– Princess– Anne– appeared to– opt– out– of greeting– Trump in– the– receiving– line has also– gone– viral.
Many– on– Twitter– saw– this– as– the – daughter– shading– Trump, but according to the UK’s Press Association, the explanation was way– more simple (and less juicy): Princess– Anne– was– just not a part– of the receiving line.
The Queen chastising Princess Anne for not greeting Trump and Anne not giving a single shit is the mood we all need to take into today pic.twitter.com/W5cCFlq2Ui— Hannah Jane Parkinson (@ladyhaja) December 4, 2019
In the– moment– seen– in the– video, the Queen– had apparently– turned– to see– which– politician she– would be– greeting– next. The only– person– standing– there was her– daughter, Princess– Anne.
“It’s just– me,” she– reportedly– said, indicating– the– Queen had– completed– her welcoming– duties
PA suggests it's not even as deep as that, and that it was literally Anne just not going through the receiving line cause she's, y'know, a Princess. Everyone just craves the taste of royal boots. pic.twitter.com/PrlATNIWZH— Luke Bailey (@imbadatlife) December 4, 2019