U.S. President Donald Trump was roasted by critics after he canceled a news conference meant for the end of the NATO summit to return to Washington early.
Trump cited his extensive comments to journalists Tuesday and Wednesday as reason for the abrupt cancellation, but critics tied to move to the viral video of world leaders apparently mocking him.
Trump denounced Justin Trudeau as "two-faced" on Wednesday after the Canadian prime minister was caught on camera laughing over Trump's press appearances during a chat with other leaders at a Buckingham Palace reception.
Vox journalist Aaron Rupar joked, “There's always a tweet!” while retweeting a 2014 Trump tweet, which said: “We need a President who isn't a laughing stock to the entire World. We need a truly great leader, a genius at strategy and winning. Respect!” The editor of the Bulwark, Charlie Sykes, retweeted the same tweet with the comment “Welp.”
Trump critic George Conway also joked, “Like a stuck clock, he can sometimes be right.” Conway also reacted to the news of Trump’s early departure adding, “Breaking news: @realDonaldTrump is a sad, pathetic, weak, and ineffective president but a consummate pathological narcissist.”
David Frum mocked the GOP’s official account on Twitter, writing, “This tweet from 21 minutes ago did not age well,” after the account noted, “President Trump is leading on the world stage at the NATO meetings. Meanwhile, House Democrats continue to shoot themselves in the foot with their impeachment inquiry and the 2020 Democrat field is a mess.”
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The incident which sparked the whole controversy came at a reception on Tuesday evening, after Trump had criticised French President Emmanuel Macron and other leaders during long question-and-answer sessions with reporters on the eve of a NATO summit.
Macron, Trudeau, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte were filmed chatting at the reception, along with Queen Elizabeth's daughter Princess Anne.
"Is that why you were late?" Johnson can be heard asking Macron.
"...It was like a 40-minute press conference," Trudeau said. "Yeah, yeah, yeah! Forty minutes."
Other words were exchanged but could not be heard, before Trudeau added with a chuckle: "I just watched his team's jaws drop to the floor."