A viral “hot mic” moment during the NATO conference in London this week will likely ruffle some feathers from the United States’ delegation there — including from President Donald Trump, who appears to be the subject of ridicule among three of our nation’s closest allies.
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and French President Emmanuel Macron are seen in the video discussing an unnamed person, during a reception being held at Buckingham Palace. Although Trump isn’t named in the video, it’s clear the three are discussing him.
Johnson is heard asking Macron, “Is that why you were late?” Trudeau responds on Macron’s behalf, explaining that Trump’s long-winded responses during a joint press conference were to blame.
“He was late because he takes a 40-minute press conference off the top,” Trudeau explained, per reporting from Axios.
.@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
The video, which has nearly 7 million views as of this morning, was shared by the CBC’s Power and Politics Twitter account.
Trudeau went on to explain how embarrassed Trump’s own people were by his lengthy talking points during the multiple joint press conferences he took part in on Tuesday.
“You just watched his team’s jaws drop to the floor,” he recalled from his own joint conference with Trump.
Last week, the White House sent out a Facebook post in which they claimed that Trump had “restore[d] respect for America on the world stage.” Yet it appears by the commentary being heard in this “hot mic” moment between three world leaders that may have been an exaggeration.
Indeed, world leaders are not the only ones poking fun at the president. The media has had a heyday with Trump, with some British journalists comparing him to Homer Simpson, Business Insider reported.