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NATO leaders appear to gossip about Trump in unguarded chat

Canada’s Trudeau, France’s Macron, Britain’s Johnson, Holland’s Rutte, and UK’s Princess Anne recorded in huddle, apparently scoffing at US president’s schedule-busting behavior

Screen capture from video of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (C), standing in a huddle with French President Emmanuel Macron (C-R), British Prime Minister Boris Johnson,(R), Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (C-L), and Britain’s Princess Anne, during a NATO reception party at Buckingham Palace, December 3, 2019. (Host Broadcaster via AP)
Screen capture from video of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (C), standing in a huddle with French President Emmanuel Macron (C-R), British Prime Minister Boris Johnson,(R), Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (C-L), and Britain’s Princess Anne, during a NATO reception party at Buckingham Palace, December 3, 2019. (Host Broadcaster via AP)

LONDON — While NATO leaders are professing unity as they gather for a summit near London, several seem to have been caught in an unguarded exchange on camera apparently gossiping about US President Donald Trump’s behavior.

In footage recorded during a reception at Buckingham Palace on 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.

After Johnson asked Macron, “Is that why you were late?” Trudeau could be heard saying, “He was late because he takes a 40-minute press conference off the top.” That appeared to be a reference to Trump’s long and unscheduled question-and-answer session with journalists earlier Tuesday.

Trudeau also said: “You just watched his team’s jaws drop to the floor.”

Trump was not mentioned by name during the exchange.

Footage of the palace reception was recorded by a pool camera. It was posted online by Canadian broadcaster CBC and has been viewed more than 4 million times.

NATO leaders are meeting Wednesday in Watford, outside London, to mark the 70th anniversary of the military alliance — and to try to patch up differences over defense spending, the alliance’s strategic direction and member nation Turkey’s military action in northern Syria.

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