A video appears to show Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, and Anne, Princess Royal gossiping about President Donald Trump.

The media has used this video to explain why Trump announced this morning that he planned to leave the NATO conference early.

The more I look into this, the more I realize there’s not much to either story. It seems like the media and people on both sides have blown something out of proportion. Let me explain.

The Video

From CNBC:

During the brief video, in which the world leaders don’t appear to realize their conversation is being recorded, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson asks French President Emmanuel Macron: “Is that why you were late?” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau then steps in and says: “He was late because he takes a 40-minute press conference off the top.”

It is not clear who Trudeau was referring to and none of people present — which also includes Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Princess Anne — mention Trump by name.

However, Trump’s remarks alongside NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg earlier on Tuesday lasted 53 minutes, according to a White House transcript, when the itinerary had suggested that it would last 20 minutes. The U.S. president was later involved in 38 minutes of remarks alongside Macron.

Trudeau also said that “[Y]ou just watched his team’s jaws drop to the floor.”

Well, Trudeau is not wrong, and I can see how it can get annoying. But the press seems to want to continually ask Trump questions because he gives them soundbites that draw in people.

But I saw people on the left claim the video proves no one likes Trump, and they isolated him on the world stage. Blah blah blah.

Does it? I don’t think so. Trudeau explained on Wednesday that he has a great relationship with Trump. He also said the “jaws drop to the floor” referenced the surprise long press conference and the announcement that Trump will host the G7 meeting at Camp David.

I think they don’t like Trump, mainly because he wants NATO countries to pay their share of the budget. It is crap that America has to foot a lot of the bill, especially since NATO, at least to me, is a waste of money and resources.

It could have been worse. A lot worse. It’s not jaw-dropping or gasp-inducing.

Trump Leaving

Somehow the media on both sides have connected this video to the reason why Trump has left the conference.

However, Trump said:

Give me a break. Have you ever seen Trump bite his tongue or hold back? If he left because of the video, he would have said so. There is absolutely no evidence he left because of Trudeau’s remarks.


Trudeau’s remarks aren’t worth any fuss. There’s no evidence Trump left over them. It’s all so stupid, but what else is new?

I am no fan of Trump, but I am sick and tired of people picking apart every little thing about him if they treated President Barack Obama like this it wouldn’t bother me so much.


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