Trump hints at possible trade action against Canada, other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries

Clay Curtis
December 6, 2019

Donald Trump has lashed out at the media after video emerged of world leaders mocking him during a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation event in London.

Aiming to play the role of global statesman as the impeachment drama was unfolding in Washington, President Donald Trump instead shattered NATO's professed message of unity at its 70th anniversary celebration in England and put his personal and policy differences with alliance members on stark display.

The minute-long video also includes clips of other occasions where Trump has been derided by foreign leaders, including the president addressing the U.N. General Assembly previous year, where his remarks were met with "audible guffaws" from audience members, according to Washington Post reporter David Nakamura.

Attorney George Conway, the husband of senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, tweeted that the video of leaders laughing at Trump further showed that he was "the laughing stock of the planet".

By early yesterday, the roughly minute-long video had been watched more than five million times.

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Now one of Trump's domestic political opponents has capitalized on the hot-mic moment to create his own video.

"European Union Council Leader Donald Tusk tweets himself holding 2 fingers against Trump's back like a GUN", tweeted consumer @justathoughtUSA. On Thursday, former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign released an ad saying Trump engages in behavior that makes him a joke on the national stage.

"We don't want other leaders and other countries laughing at us anymore, and they won't be", he said. Don't be surprised if there is a rally scheduled in the near future that has a warm welcome and a platform for President Trump to fire back at Trudeau, Boris Johnson, and others. Others warned the ad would only inspire a similar video from the Trump campaign centred on Mr Biden's numerous gaffes. Then, in a later meeting on the sidelines of the summit, Macron rebuked Trump over his insistence that Europe repatriate its citizens who fought with the Islamic State group, as well as his unilateral decision to withdraw American troops from north-east Syria. But it was certainly notable. Mr Johnson asked Mr Macron. "Last night I made a reference to the fact that there was an unscheduled press conference before my meeting with President Trump and I was happy to take part of it".

Meanwhile, the U.S. president's problems mounted at home yesterday as House speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered Congress to draw up the articles of impeachment against him for alleged abuse of power. "I am not going to comment on stolen videos", said Macron.

The British prime minister said he "really did not know what is being referred to there" when asked by reporters.

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