On Tuesday, a video leaked showing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apparently mocking Donald Trump. When asked if he had any opinion about the footage, the American president called Trudeau “two-faced” before quickly amending his comments to say that he was also a “nice guy.”
Trump was appearing at a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the NATO summit when the press asked about the video, which showed Trudeau, along with United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron, in a crowd apparently mocking Trump, according to NBC News.
“He’s two-faced,” Trump said, pausing for a moment. “[A]nd honestly…he’s a nice guy. I find him to be a very nice guy.”
Trump went on to say, according to Fox News coverage of the event, that he believes Trudeau’s comments may have come from the fact that he has said that Canada isn’t paying enough into the alliance and Trudeau must not be “very happy about it.”
He asserted that Canada should be paying “2 percent” because Canada has “money.”
“So I called him out on that and I’m sure he wasn’t happy about it but that’s the way it is,” Trump concluded, saying he can imagine why Trudeau isn’t happy.
According to Josh Wingrove, a White House reporter for Bloomberg News, after the press conference was over, Trump then turned to others at the table and said that he thought his comment was funny.
“Meanwhile, American press caught this gem at the very end of a Trump event today. Trump turned to others at the table as press were leaving, and said: ‘that was funny when I said the guy is two-faced,'” Wingrove wrote on Twitter.
As The Inquisitr previously reported, the three world leaders met at a NATO event. When Macron joined the group, Johnson turned to him and asked him why he was late.
“He was late because he takes a 40-minute press conference off the top,” Trudeau said, apparently referencing Trump’s lengthy press conference earlier in the day.
Macron then made some comments that couldn’t be heard on the mic and Trudeau responds, saying that “his team’s jaws dropped” after Trump apparently made some comment during the day. It’s unclear what Trudeau is referencing, however.
.@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
Shortly after the video emerged, Trump announced that he was leaving NATO early and canceling his final press conference, saying that he had already done enough press events in the time that he was at the conference. This cancelation prompted wide speculation that Trump chose not to hold another presser after being mocked by his fellow world leaders.