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Trump caught on microphone congratulating himself about his Trudeau attack: 'That was funny when I said the guy's two-faced'

US president abruptly cancelled Nato press conference after video surfaced showing world leaders laughing at him

Clark Mindock
New York
Wednesday 04 December 2019 16:26 GMT
Trudeau, Macron and Johnson caught on camera making fun of Trump

Donald Trump has been caught mocking press coverage of his decision to abruptly cancel a press conference, which was announced shortly after video surfaced showing several world leaders ridiculing the American president.

During the would-be private remarks, which were observed by multiple reporters in London, Mr Trump congratulated himself for attacking Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, who he had called "two-faced" after being seen in the video laughing at the US president.

"Oh. And then you know what they’ll say?” Mr Trump was heard responding to an unknown attendee. “‘He didn’t do a press conference! He didn’t do a press conference!’”

He continued, referring to Mr Trudeau: "That was funny when I said that guy was two-faced."

Mr Trump's attack on Mr Trudeau came in apparent response to a video showing the Canadian mocking Mr Trump for his lengthy press conference on Tuesday, in a rare glimpse showing the way in which world leaders speak about one another. Mr Trudeau was seen alongside French president Emmanuel Macron, as well as prime minister Boris Johnson. Others can be seen nearby, including Princess Anne.

"Is that why you were late?" Mr Johnson asked Mr Macron in the video, referring to a fiery exchange between Mr Trump and the Frenchman over Isis fighters during a joint press conference on Tuesday.

"He was late because he takes a 40-minute press conference off the top — 'Oh, ya, ya ya," Mr Trudeau replied, miming the following action: "You just watched his team's jaws drop to the floor."

When asked about the video on Wednesday during a meeting with German chancellor Angela Merkel, Mr Trump said the following of Mr Trudeau: "He's two-faced."

Mr Trump also announced on Twitter that he would not attend a planned press conference at the end of the Nato summit, "because we did so many over the past two days." He said he would return home instead.

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