The leaders of Britain , Canada , France and the Netherlands have been caught on camera at a Buckingham Palace reception mocking US President Donald Trump ’ s lengthy media appearances ahead of Wednesday’ s NATO summit.
The footage, shot by the British host ’ s camera pool on Tuesday evening and spotted and subtitled by Canada ’ s CBC , set the tone for the allies’ summit in Watford , just outside London.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson can be heard asking France ’ s President Emmanuel Macron : “Is that why you were late ?”
Canada’ s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau interjects : “ He was late because he takes a 40-minute press conference off the top . ”
Earlier Tuesday, Macron’ s one-on- one pre – summit meeting with Trump had been proceeded by a lengthy question and answer session with the media , as the leaders publicly disagreed about NATO strategy and trade.
In the video , Macron appears to tell an anecdote about the encounter as Britain ’ s Princess Anne and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte look on, but the French leader’ s back is to the camera and he is inaudible amid the hubbub.
“ Oh, yeah , yeah , he announced …” an amused Trudeau declares, adding : “You just watched his team ’ s jaw drop to the floor. ”
As he did at last year ’ s NATO meeting , Trump has thrown out normal summit protocol and used his appearances with allied leaders to field dozens of questions from the world ’ s media.
He has condemned as “nasty ” Macron ’ s criticism of brain dead NATO, branded European countries that have failed to meet military spending targets “ delinquent” and railed against moves in Washington to impeach him .
Trump is due to give another news conference , this time on his own , later Wednesday after the 29 NATO leaders hold a full three- hour closed – door summit session and issue a statement to celebrate their unity.
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