A two-day NATO summit marking the 70th anniversary of the military alliance is underway in London as heads of state and government meet to focus on geopolitical issues amid deep fractures between members of the bloc.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were caught on a hot mic at the Buckingham Palace NATO reception Tuesday evening, appearing to gossip about US President Donald Trump in a clip being widely shared online.
In the footage, first shared by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the three world leaders seem to be discussing why the French President was late, in front of Princess Anne who appears to be in the discussion but it is unclear if or how she responds.
None of the men mention Trump by name, but Trudeau seems to be referring to the US president’s talks with the media throughout Tuesday as a reason for his own tardiness.
In the clip, UK PM Boris Johnson asks:
“Is that why you were late?”
Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau takes a swig from his drink, and responds:
“’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, where Trudeau adds:
“You just watched his team’s jaws drop to the floor.”
He then motions as if his jaw is dropping. It is not known if Trump is the focus of that comment as the video has been edited.
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