Donald Trump blew into the NATO summit like a tropical storm and barreled out like an angry child. He passed up the opportunity to speak at the end of the conference, which would have been a high-profile presidential moment. Instead of following through with his obligations he hastily backed his bags threw out some insults and prepared to head back to the U.S.
On Wednesday, which was the final day of the summit a video from a gathering at Buckingham Palace had stolen the show. The video clip featured French President Emanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson who were having a laugh at Trump’s expense.
A White House official called the statements in the video clip “juvenile, jealous and elitist,” then added that the leaders should “be like the rest of the spineless detractors and get a Twitter account.”
Allies of Boris Johnson stated that they were happy that Johnson’s comments could not be heard in the video.
Trump would then speak to reporters and call Justin Trudeau “two-faced.” He would later pat himself on the back being overheard saying “that was funny when I said that guy was two-faced.”
At the NATO event when Trump did speak instead of talking about the summit, he used his time to bemoan about the impeachment inquiry that was awaiting him back home.
“To do it on a day like this, where we’re in England and some of the most powerful countries in the world having very important NATO meetings, and it just happened to be scheduled on this day. It’s really, honestly, it’s a disgrace,” Trump said. He would go on to call Adam Schiff a “stone-cold loser.”
On Tuesday when Trump made his first real comments at the summit he called statements by France’s Macron “very, very nasty” and he also accused him of insulting NATO.
When Trump and Macron met just hours later the situation was a tense one. At times Macron appeared to be lecturing Trump sitting on the edge of his chair as he spoke to him.
Trump would then mock Macron by offering him ISIS prisoners: “Would you like some nice ISIS fighters? I could give them to you.”
“Let’s be serious,” Macron said, urging Trump to focus on the issues. “It is true you have foreign fighters coming from Europe, but this is a tiny minority of the overall problem,” he added. Trump would then call Macron’s response “one of the greatest non-answers I have ever heard.”
Boris Johnson carefully managed Trump when he met privately with him on Tuesday night at 10 Downing Street. Johnson made sure there were no photographs of the meeting taken. Johnson’s main goal was to get Trump in and out of London without any type of incident that could harm his campaign.
As Trump was preparing to leave London, other leaders, including Macron and Trudeau, held their own news conferences.
Sadly, Trump rarely leaves a gathering of world leaders without causing some type of controversy.