Trump Leaves NATO Summit Early After Question About Video Of Leaders Mocking Him
President Donald Trump decided to pack up and leave the NATO summit on Wednesday after he was asked about a video clip appearing to show a handful of world leaders mocking him, according to The Independent.
During his press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a reporter asked the president if he saw the clip, in which Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson seem to have a few laughs at Trump’s expense.
“You just watched his team’s jaws drop to the floor!” Trudeau said of Trump’s touchy joint press conference on Tuesday with Macron.
“Well, he’s two-faced,” Trump said of Trudeau, adding that the leader’s comments were likely related to Trump’s demand that Canada make higher contributions to NATO.
”Honestly, with Trudeau he’s a nice guy, I find him to be a very nice guy,” Trump continued. “But you know the truth is that I called him out on the fact that he’s not paying 2 per cent, and I guess he’s not very happy about it.”
The president later announced that he would scrap a planned afternoon press conference, saying he had done enough of them, The Independent reported, and his “revised schedule apparently also meant a planned meeting with Giuseppe Conte, Italy’s prime minister, would not take place.”
Trump said he would likely return to Washington, D.C., following his afternoon meeting with Danish leaders.