VIDEO: Trump calls Canada's Trudeau 'two-faced' over video remarks
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WATFORD - U.S. President Donald
Trump called Justin Trudeau "two-faced" on Wednesday after the
Canadian Prime Minister appeared to be caught on camera joking
about his press appearances during a chat with other leaders at
a NATO summit in Britain.
Trudeau was filmed at a Buckingham Palace reception for NATO
leaders on Tuesday evening describing how surprised U.S.
officials appeared to be by Trump's performance at an earlier
The conversation, which involved Trudeau, British Prime
Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, Dutch
Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Queen Elizabeth's daughter Anne,
was recorded on video and snippets were audible.
"Is that why you were late?" Johnson asked Macron.
"...It was like a 40-minute press conference," Trudeau said.
"Yeah, yeah, yeah! Forty minutes."
Other words were exchanged but could not be heard, before
Trudeau added with a chuckle: "I just watched his team's jaws
drop to the floor."
Asked on Wednesday if he had heard Trudeau's remarks about
him, Trump said: "He's two-faced".
He suggested that Trudeau was upset because he had
challenged him for failing to meet the target of spending 2% of
national output on defence.
"I find him to be a very nice guy but you know the truth is
that I called him out over the fact that he's not paying 2% and
I can see he's not very happy about it," Trump said at a news
conference alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
‘Two-faced’: Donald Trump lashed out at Justin Trudeau after Canada’s prime minister was caught on camera with other world leaders apparently gossiping about Trump https://t.co/A2zUDTMTPu pic.twitter.com/aO5PaZuRS7— Reuters (@Reuters) December 4, 2019
Trump later appeared to make light of his own remarks about
"That was funny when I said the guy's two-faced," the
president was caught saying on an audio clip following a lunch
with some of the NATO leaders.
At a final news conference, Trudeau played down the
incident, saying he and Trump had enjoyed a great meeting and
that the jaw-dropping comment was a reference to the
announcement of the location of the next meeting of G7 leaders
at the U.S. presidential retreat, Camp David.
"Last night, I made a reference to the fact there was an
unscheduled press conference before my meeting with President
Trump, I was happy to take part in it but it was certainly
notable," Trudeau told reporters.
"We were all surprised and I think pleased to learn that the
next G7 will be at Camp David, I think that was an unscheduled
announcement and... I think every different leader has teams who
every now and then their jaws drop at unscheduled surprises,
like that video itself for example."