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Trump leaves NATO meeting early as mocking video surfaces

President cites trade progress with China, calls Trudeau ‘two faced’

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By Robert Schroeder, MarketWatch

Associated Press
President Donald Trump scrapped a news conference Wednesday after a mocking video of leaders discussing him surfaced.

President Donald Trump left a meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organization leaders early on Wednesday, following a flap over a video apparently mocking him.


Trump said he wouldn’t give a scheduled news conference in London, tweeting that he’d done “so many over the past two days.” His cancellation came after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other NATO leaders were seen apparently gossiping about the U.S. president in a video recorded at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday evening.

Read: ‘His team’s jaws dropped to the floor’ — NATO leaders appear to gossip about Trump in unguarded chat.

Asked about the video, Trump called the Canadian leader “two faced.” Trump later said it had been “funny” when he gave that label to Trudeau. The U.S. president had pressed Trudeau about paying more toward NATO’s defense budget.


Trump in his latest comments on China said trade discussions with Beijing were “going very well,” in a remark that boosted U.S. stocks /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA -0.26% . Just a day earlier, Trump had said it could take until after the 2020 elections to seal a deal.

Now read: Dow climbs amid renewed U.S.-China trade talk optimism.

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Robert Schroeder is the White House reporter for MarketWatch. Follow him on Twitter @mktwrobs.

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