Emmanuel Macron vents his fury at ‘stolen video’ of gossiping world leaders mocking Donald Trump
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Emmanuel Macron vents his fury at ‘stolen video’ of gossiping world leaders mocking Donald Trump

Emmanuel Macron, Boris Johnson and Justin Trudeau have scrambled to wriggle out of their embarrassing diplomatic blunder where they mocked Donald Trump behind his back and caused the humiliated President to quit the Nato summit early.The three leaders each moved to defuse the friction with their famously thin-skinned US counterpart, who scrapped a scheduled press conference and jetted out of London tonight.Macron raged that the video – said to be captured by freelance cameraman Andy Laurence and handed to broadcasters by Nato – had surfaced at all and refused to be pressed on the gossip which was caught on hot-mic.The French premier said: ‘I am not going to comment on stolen videos. That video wasn’t supposed to be filmed in that room.’Relations between Macron and Trump were already prickly after the French President branded Nato ‘brain dead’ – comments the US leader slammed as ‘very nasty’.      The British Prime Minister pleaded ignorance when grilled by reporters about his part in the Palace gossip circle and said: ‘I really don’t know what is being referred to there.’ Asked if he had been laughing at the President, he added: ‘Complete nonsense. I don’t know where that has come from.’ His Canadian counterpart, who was blasted by Trump as ‘two-faced’, also sought to squirm his way out of the awkwardness by insisting that they were not ridiculing the President but merely expressing surprise he chose to announce details of an upcoming G7 summit.Trudeau said: ‘We were all surprised and I think pleased to learn that the next G7 will be at Camp David. I think that was an unscheduled announcement and I think everyone’s team, every different leader has teams that every now and then have their jaw drop at unscheduled surprises like that video itself for example.’The Canadian PM had a quiet word and a handshake with Trump as he arrived at the summit on Wednesday, and later tried to shrug off the episode.He said: ‘As you all know, we have a very good and constructive relationship between me and the President.’But asked if the gaffe had given him pause for thought, Trudeau said that ensuring the focus of attention remained on matters of substance ‘is something that we’re all going to try to do a little harder.’After watching the viral clip, Trump tweeted that he would leave the summit without holding a scheduled press conference, bringing an acrimonious end to the military alliance’s 70th anniversary gathering.The President wrote: ‘When today’s meetings are over, I will be heading back to Washington. We won’t be doing a press conference at the close of NATO because we did so many over the past two days.’ At around five o’clock UK time he boarded Marine One at the Grove Hotel in Watford and flew to the runway where Air Force One was preparing to take off.In the bombshell clip, Trudeau makes the most cutting comments, laughing about Trump’s lengthy Q&A sessions with reporters and saying even the President’s staff were shocked at some of his actions.  President Trump boarding Marine One in London to leave NATO earlier than planned after being ridiculed by other world leaders Mr Macron vented fury that the video, captured by freelance cameraman Andy Laurence, had surfaced at all and refused to be pressed on the gossip which was caught on hot-mic last night A tense meeting between Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau was captured on camera at the NATO summit in Watford, Hertfordshire Wednesday after Trump was questioned by reporters about Trudeau’s comments caught on a hot mic Tuesday The British Prime Minister pleaded ignorance when grilled by reporters about his part in the Buckingham Palace gossip circle and said: ‘I really don’t know what is being referred to there’ In the clip, Trudeau makes the most cutting comments, laughing about Trump’s lengthy Q&A sessions with reporters and saying even the president’s staff was shocked at some of his actions At around five o’clock UK time he boarded Marine One at the Grove Hotel in Watford and flew to the runway where Air Force One was preparing to take off President Trump was asked about Justin Trudeau’s comments at Buckingham Palace Tuesday evening during a one-on-one press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel  Trump appeared stone-faced as the leaders assembled to pose for a group photograph at the Grove Hotel in Watford  Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is pictured grinning with PM Boris Johnson as a stone-faced Trump sits in front In the video from the reception, which appears to be edited, Trudeau and the other leaders are seen chuckling about Trump while Princess Anne watches on.  ‘Complete nonsense’: Boris Johnson denies mocking Donald Trump in ‘hot mic’ incident with Justin Trudeau at NATO summit  Boris Johnson today denied mocking Donald Trump in a ‘hot mic’ incident at the NATO summit – after the US president vented his fury at ‘two-faced’ Canadian PM Justin Trudeau.Mr Johnson denied knowledge of the extraordinary conversation caught on camera at a reception last night, during which Mr Trudeau appeared to lampoon Mr Trump as other leaders laughed.At a press conference closing the gathering of the military alliance this afternoon, Mr Johnson was asked whether the group – which also included him, French president Emmanuel Macron and Princess Anne – had been having a ‘joke at the expense’ of Mr Trump.’Complete nonsense,’ he said. ‘I don’t know where that has come from.’  It shows Mr Johnson ask: ‘Is that why you were late?’ as he stoops down and chuckles in disbelief, before Canadian leader Trudeau, swigging from his drink, shoots back: ‘He was late because he takes a 40 minute press conference off the top.’   The video then cuts to a later clip, which is without context, and sees Macron pointing furiously before Dutch Prime Minister Rutte exclaims ‘fake news media’ and Trudeau adds: ‘You just watched his team’s jaws drop to the floor.’  He then motions as if his jaw is dropping.    The President did not look amused when reporters asked him about the video during his meeting with German chancellor Angela Merkel. ‘Honestly with Trudeau, he’s a nice guy,’ the president said after a long pause. He then explained his theory on why Trudeau said what he did, arguing the prime minister mocked him because he gave Trudeau grief during their sit down on Tuesday about Canada not paying enough in fees to be a member of the NATO alliance. After flying out of London, Trump tweeted: ‘The Fake News Media is doing everything possible to belittle my VERY successful trip to London for NATO.’I got along great with the NATO leaders, even getting them to pay $130 Billion a year more, & $400 Billion a year more in 3 years. No increase for U.S., only deep respect!’The diplomatic disaster which has cast a shadow over Wednesday’s roundtable talks in Hertfordshire will surely infuriate Johnson, who was hoping the summit would run smoothly so not to distract from his election campaign.Although he met the President for face-to-face discussions in Downing Street Tuesday night, the PM has been keen not to appear too friendly with the divisive Trump over fears it could put off voters on December 12. But desperate for his campaign to not be swallowed up by the fallout from Trump storming off, Johnson downplayed his chat with Macron and Trudeau.And with his eyes firmly fixed on the Christmas ballot, he left the Watford summit earlier to make a campaign visit to Red Bull Racing’s Fo

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