.@JustinTrudeau, @EmmanuelMacron, @BorisJohnson and other VIPs shared a few words at a Buckingham Palace reception Tuesday. No one mentions @realDonaldTrump by name, but they seem to be discussing his lengthy impromptu press conferences from earlier in the day. (Video: Host Pool) pic.twitter.com/dVgj48rpOP
— Power & Politics (@PnPCBC) December 3, 2019
I swear I could watch that all day.
After the video became public Trump called Trudeau “two-faced” but beyond that has been relatively quiet about the incident.
Of course we all know he had to be seething about it privately, and now we learn how right we were about that.
Courtesy of The Daily Beast:
During this private airing of grievances, President Trump repeatedly denigrated the Canadian prime minister behind his back and called the French president a “pain in the ass” while referring to him as “short,” according to an individual who was present for the meeting. Trump also bashed the French leader for not doing enough to help in recent Iran negotiations.
The press was allowed into the room for the beginning of the meeting, during which time the ambassadors each thanked the president for inviting them to the White House and underscored their interest in working with the U.S. on trade, foreign policy, and national security. The permanent representatives hailed from countries such as France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Poland, South Africa, Russia and China.
It wasn’t until after the press left the room that Trump addressed what had become known in the halls of the White House as the “hot mic” story.
French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte were caught on video talking about President Donald Trump during a NATO reception. The footage circulated widely on social media and by worldwide news outlets shows the leaders gossiping about Trump and his affinity for prolonged news conferences. “He was late because he takes a 40-minute press conference at the top,” Trudeau said apparently referring to Trump’s tardiness. “You just watch his team’s jaws drop to the floor.” Trump addressed the video the next day and called Trudeau “two-faced.”
Over lunch with the ambassadors, President Trump again addressed the video and went on a prolonged tangent, complaining to the diplomats about Trudeau and Macron, according to two sources briefed on the meeting. This lasted several minutes and was enough to derail the ongoing conversation about NATO countries contributing more money to security.
Another individual in the meeting told The Daily Beast that Trump’s comments made ambassadors present “visibly uncomfortable,” especially those whose leaders were involved in the hot-mic video. (The Canadian ambassador to the United Nations was not present at the meeting.)
Of course Trump is still bitching about this.
If he cannot take the high road when a little girl beats him out for Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, how could we possibly expect him to not let this get under his skin?