NATO leaders, including Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, were caught on a hot mic during a reception at Buckingham Palace. The group appeared to be engaging in gossip about US President Donald Trump in a video caught by CBC.
In the video clip, which has since gone viral, Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson were discussing why Macron was late for the summit, which is being held in London to mark NATO’s 70th anniversary.
Trump isn’t mentioned by name in the video, but Johnson can be heard asking Macron “Is that why you were late?”.
Trudeau responds to Johnson, saying “He was late because he takes a 40 minute press conference off the top.”
The edited video then shows the French president pointing, then Trudeau saying “You just watched his team’s jaws drop to the floor.”
It is unclear if they were speaking about the American President at that point.
The NATO summit continues in Hertfordshire.
WHAT IS NATO?
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is an intergovernmental military alliance with 29 members, including Canada.
NATO members subscribe to a system of collective defence that bind them to respond whenever a member is under attack.
NATO’s headquarters are based in Brussels, Belgium.
NATO collectively makes up 70% of the world’s total military spending.
NATO members, including Canada, have committed to increasing their defence spending to 2% of their individual country’s GDP by 2024.
WHO IS JUSTIN TRUDEAU?
Justin Trudeau is Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister.
WHO IS DONALD TRUMP?
Donald Trump is the United States of America’s 45th President.
WHAT WERE THEY GOSSIPING ABOUT?
The group, including Trudeau, French President Macron and British Prime Minister Johnson seemed to be talking about the reasons behind Macron’s late arrival to the summit.
It would seem that Macron was late because of a lengthy (and unscheduled) press conference held by Trump with Macron.
US and Canadian relations have become complicated in recent years, since Trump’s election.
WHAT WAS TRUMP’S RESPONSE TO THE NEWS?
As one might imagine, the American President did not take the news that the world’s next most powerful leaders were talking about him behind his back.
Trump called Trudeau “Two-Faced”.
Trudeau and Macron’s spokespeople declined to comment on the video.
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