US President Trump heard bragging about attacks against Canadian PM Justin Trudeau

Elias Hubbard
December 7, 2019

According to the British news agency, during the would-be private remarks, which were observed by multiple reporters in London, Trump congratulated himself for attacking Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau.

"You just watched his team's jaws drop to the floor", Trudeau then says, seemingly referring to Trump's announcement that the 2020 G7 conference will be held at the neutral residence of Camp David, instead of Trump's National Doral Resort near Miami. "He didn't do a press conference!"

"We all know that the Globalist EU opposes Trump, but this goes too far", continued the tweet, which tagged Trump and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "Erdogan presented a series of issues and, eventually, we politely agreed to disagree", he told Greek broadcaster ANT1.

On the video, where audio is heard intermittently, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson asks French President Emmanuel Macron, "Is that why you were late?" Many, including Johnson and, of course, Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky, have made a point of moving closer to Trump.

Trump called Trudeau "two-faced" later on Wednesday.

"He's not paying 2 percent and he should be paying 2 percent". It is Canada, they have money.

While Trudeau has spent much of the past three years trying to establish a good relationship with Trump, the USA president has not shied away from lashing out any perceived slight from fellow world leaders.

Asked about the video, Mr Johnson told reporters: "It's complete nonsense".

Despite the verbal jabs at Trump's drawn-out sparring sessions with journalists, he canceled a press conference scheduled for the end of the summit, saying he had already answered enough questions in his ad hoc gaggles.

The footage, shot by the British host's pool camera, has since spread across the internet and been broadcast by worldwide media such as Fox News and the New York Times, with observers suggesting Trudeau and the other leaders were mocking Trump.

What did the leaders' joint statement say?

Throughout the video, Biden calls the president "insincere, ill-informed, corrupt, dangerously incompetent and incapable, in my view, of world leadership".

It then acknowledged the "challenges" posed by China and Russian Federation, and pledged to take "stronger action" against terrorism. As NATO leaders meet and show that the world's biggest security alliance is adapting to modern threats, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is refusing to concede that the future of the 29-member alliance is under a cloud.

On Tuesday, he said those nations had added $US130b ($NZ199b) to defence budgets since 2016, and that this number would increase to $US400b by 2024.

On Wednesday, Trump Jr. tweeted a photo of a younger Trudeau in blackface, captioning the post with his father's words: "As usual realDonaldTrump is 100% right!"

But he also notes that former President Richard Nixon was apparently caught on tape in the 1970s referring to Trudeau's father, former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre, as "that a**hole Trudeau".

Mr Trump, who once called North Atlantic Treaty Organisation "obsolete", had earlier hit back by saying Mr Macron had been "very disrespectful" by describing North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as "brain dead", calling them "nasty" comments. "I am not going to comment on stolen videos", said Macron.

What's the background to the tensions?

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