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Sunday 26 January 2020

'He's two-faced' - Trump blasts Trudeau over mocking video

US President Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters
US President Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters

US President Donald Trump called Justin Trudeau "two-faced" yesterday 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.

Mr Trudeau was filmed at a Buckingham Palace reception for Nato leaders on Tuesday evening describing how surprised US officials appeared to be by Mr Trump's performance at an earlier news conference.

The conversation, which involved Mr Trudeau, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Britain's Princess Anne, was recorded on video and snippets were audible.

"Is that why you were late?" Mr Johnson asked Mr Macron.

"It was like a 40-minute press conference," Mr Trudeau said. "Yeah, yeah, yeah! Forty minutes."

Other words were exchanged but could not be heard, before Mr Trudeau added with a chuckle: "I just watched his team's jaws drop to the floor."

Asked yesterday if he had heard Mr Trudeau's remarks about him, Mr Trump said: "He's two-faced."

Upset

He suggested that Mr Trudeau was upset because he had challenged him for failing to meet the target of spending 2pc 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 2pc and I can see he's not very happy about it," Mr Trump said at a news conference alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Later he was caught on an audio clip following a lunch with some of the Nato leaders saying: "That was funny when I said the guy's two-faced."

Mr Trudeau played down the incident, saying he and Mr 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 US presidential retreat, Camp David.

"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," Mr Trudeau said.

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