Donald Trump Left NATO Early After World Leaders Reportedly Mocked Him

US President Donald Trump (front) with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson onstage during the annual Nato heads of government summit on December 4, 2019 in Watford, England.
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Donald Trump was scheduled to hold a closing press conference at the end of his time at the NATO summit on Tuesday, but the president made a last-minute announcement that he was canceling the event because he had already done several others over the two days that he was there. But some people questioned the timing of the cancelation as it came shortly after a video leaked that apparently showed Emmanuel Macron, Justin Trudeau, and Boris Johnson gossiping and laughing about Trump.

The president announced early Wednesday that he believed they had made great progress with NATO over the past few years and asserted that other countries had agreed to pay more — a topic that the president has been focused on since he took office. But rather than using his final press conference to tout his accomplishments, as Mediaite reports, the president decided to cut things off early and leave the summit.

“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. Safe travels to all!” he wrote.

The news came shortly after a video leaked showing several world leaders gathered together apparently laughing at Trump’s previous press conferences, according to a separate report from Mediaite.

The British prime minister turned to the French leader and laughingly asked if that’s why he is late.

“He was late because he takes a 40-minute press conference off the top,” Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, said.

Macron then added his own opinion on the situation, though his comments are inaudible. But, as a report from The Inquisitr reveals, Macaron’s feelings about Trump were made clear when he shut down a joke the U.S. president made about Islamic State fighters.

Finally, Trudeau turned to his colleagues and quipped that “you just watched his team’s jaws drop to the floor.”

It’s not clear to what instance Trudeau is referencing, but Trump did raise eyebrows earlier in the day when he claimed that the U.S. didn’t support Iranian protestors. The U.S. president was forced to retract his comments later on Twitter.

One reporter from The Washington Post pointed out on Twitter that Trump appeared to be leaving after finding out about the conversation between the other world leaders.

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“This just in: Trump just at cancelled today’s news conference and is leaving London early. It comes after he gave 2 hours of new conferences, and also after he learned he was mocked by world leaders,” the reporter wrote.

The Washington Post‘s White House Bureau Chief, Philip Rucker, said something similar, while a journalist from The Sydney Morning Herald called Trump’s early departure “a hissy fit.”

Bloomberg News reporter Josh Wingrove said that it appeared the president was leaving after Trudeau needled him for his two-hour press conference.