President Donald Trump was in London for a summit with NATO allies that turned contentious when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got caught in a video apparently mocking the president.
In the video, which was posted by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Trudeau is seen with French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Trudeau says, apparently of Trump’s staffers, “you just watched his team’s jaws drop to the floor.”
.@JustinTrudeau, @EmmanuelMacron, @BorisJohnson and other VIPs shared a few words at a Buckingham Palace reception Tuesday. No one mentions @realDonaldTrump by name, but they seem to be discussing his lengthy impromptu press conferences from earlier in the day. (Video: Host Pool) pic.twitter.com/dVgj48rpOP— Power & Politics (@PnPCBC) December 3, 2019
Trump — who has had a hot and cold relationship with Trudeau — hit back at the Canadian leader during a press conference on Wednesday. When asked about the video, Trump said “he’s two-faced.”
Trump added “and honestly with Trudeau, he’s a nice guy, I find him to be a very nice guy but, you know, the truth is that I called him out on the fact that he’s not paying 2% and I guess he’s not very happy about it.”
The president has frequently complained that some of our NATO allies are not spending 2% of their GDP on defense, which Trump complains is tantamount to the other nations taking advantage of the United States. After Russia invaded Ukraine, the NATO countries pledged to meet the 2% mark by 2024 but few have hit that mark.
President Trump called Justin Trudeau "two-faced" after Canada's PM was caught on camera appearing to joke about Trump with other world leaders at an event Tuesday night. "He's two-faced," Trump said, adding, "honestly with Trudeau, he's a nice guy." https://t.co/Zi867lzqZS pic.twitter.com/Y7GN3IQDmT— CNN (@CNN) December 4, 2019
Soon after he told the press that Trudeau was “two-faced”, Trump was caught on a hot mic, saying “that was funny when I said that guy’s two-faced.”
It’s no surprise that Trudeau often bristles with Trump. The Canadian prime minister represents the liberal party in Canada and even earned the endorsement of Barack Obama before his recent election.
Trudeau has become a sort of foil for Trump — former White House aide Anthony Scaramucci even claimed that Trump is “very intimidated by Justin Trudeau,” saying Trudeau is “a good looking, smart kid and President Trump is like this orange fat blob.”