On Wednesday morning, Donald Trump called Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “two-faced.” Shortly after Trump made the insult Trudeau stated that he and other world leaders were talking about Trump when they were caught on camera while attending a banquet hosted by the Queen of England at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday evening.
The video was posted to Twitter late Tuesday night and has since gone viral. The video shows Trudeau, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte having a bit of a laugh at Trump’s behavior during the summit.
It should be mentioned that no one mentioned Trump’s name.
“Last night I made reference to the fact that there was an unscheduled press conference before my meeting with President Trump. I was happy to be part of it but it was certainly notable,” Trudeau stated on Wednesday.
Trudeau indicated that he had no concerns about his comments affecting U.S.-Canadian relations. However, Trump later angrily referred to Trudeau as “two-faced.” Trump then added, “honestly with Trudeau, he’s a nice guy.”
Trump canceled his press conference that was scheduled for the end of his appearance at the summit after the video appeared online.
“Oh, and then you know what they’ll say. ‘He didn’t do a press conference. He didn’t do a press conference.’ That was funny when I said the guy’s two-faced, you know that” Trump was caught saying.
The 25-second viral video clip begins with Boris Johnson asking Macron why he was late.
“Is that why you were late?” Johnson asked.
Macron nodded, and Trudeau can be heard saying “He was late because he takes a … 40-minute press conference at the top.”
“You just watched his team’s jaws drop to the floor,” Trudeau also says in the clip. Trudeau would later state that he was referring to Trump’s announcement that the G7 summit will be held at Camp David.
“Every different leader has teams who now and then (had) jaws drop at unscheduled surprises, like that video for itself, for example,” Trudeau added.
Trump would also go on to criticize Trudeau over Canada not currently meeting NATO’s 2% defense spending target.
“The truth is 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 before adding “he should be paying 2%” and that Canada “has money.”
“I can imagine he’s not that happy, but that’s the way it is,” Trump said.
“Every different leader has teams who now and then (had) jaws drop at unscheduled surprises, like that video for itself, for example,” Trudeau said.
Microphones could only pick up snippets of the conversation at the reception, which the press was given limited access to.
A spokeswoman for Macron stated that they had no comment.
Trump’s meeting with Macron was a tense one as Macron refused to back down from remarks that Trump called “nasty” and “insulting.” Back in November, Macron stated that NATO was suffering from “brain death” caused by America’s “Indifference to the long-time alliance.”
Macron and Trump were later seen walking onto the road leading to 10 Downing Street together and things appeared to be on friendlier terms.