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World leaders caught on tape, apparently mocking US President Donald Trump

04 December 2019

He continued: "Look, I'm representing the US and he should be paying more than he's paying, and he understands that".

In footage recorded during a reception at Buckingham Palace Tuesday evening, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was seen standing in a huddle with French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Britain's Princess Anne, daughter of Queen Elizabeth II.

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The New Jersey Democrat was on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" when he criticized Trump for calling Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "two-faced". Earlier in the day, Trump spoke with reporters for almost an hour at the USA ambassador's residence in London. Trump on Tuesday called the comments "very nasty" and "disrespectful", and his later one-on-one meeting with Macron, in front of assembled press, was visibly tense.

The reception footage also shows Trudeau talking about "his team's jaws drop to the floor", though the subject isn't clear.

Trump cited in particular Germany as falling short, spending only 1.2 percent of GDP.

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"I find him to be a nice guy, but the truth is, I called him out on the fact that he's not paying two per cent and I guess he's not very happy about it", Trump, referring to the target for spending on defence, said during a media availability Wednesday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

But NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that "we stand together, all for one and one for all".

In his press conference Wednesday, Trudeau explained this part of the conversation as having been a reference to the reaction political staff have to unscheduled announcements.

While Western leaders were alarmed that Turkish opposition could derail efforts to deter Russian Federation in eastern Europe, they said there was no chance of siding with Turkey against the forces who spearheaded the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).

During the casual chat, as the leaders sipped drinks, Mr Johnson can be heard asking French President Emmanuel Macron: "Is that why you were late?" So I can imagine he's not that happy.

President Donald Trump abruptly canceled his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation press conference and lashed out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after a video appeared to show several world leaders mocking and laughing at him.

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Trump hosted Erdogan at the White House last month, despite bipartisan calls that he cancel it in the wake of Turkey's assault on Kurdish forces in Syria that were allies with the the fight against the Islamic State group.

"He's not paying two per cent and he should be paying two per cent", Trump said.

US President Donald Trump loves to dominate an worldwide summit with impromptu, rambling press briefings that leave his fellow world leaders struggling to stick to their agenda.

"Once again, as Nancy Pelosi says, all roads lead back to Vladimir Putin", Scarborough said.

Attorney George Conway, the husband of senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, tweeted that the video of leaders laughing at Trump further showed that he was "the laughing stock of the planet".

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World leaders caught on tape, apparently mocking US President Donald Trump