As reporters were ushered out of a working lunch that President Trump was having with fellow NATO leaders Wednesday, a hot mic caught Trump saying “that was funny when I said that guy was two-faced.”
It is believed that Trump was referring to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whom Trump described as “two-faced” earlier in the day.
The president’s initial comments regarding Trudeau came after a video clip showing the Canadian prime minister gossiping about the president’s conduct at bilateral NATO meetings on Tuesday went viral.
When asked about the video, Trump answered: “Well, he’s two-faced.”
After pausing, Trump continued: “And honestly with Trudeau, he’s a nice guy. I find him to be a very nice guy.”
Trump speculated that Trudeau was unhappy with his criticism of Canada’s failure to meet NATO member states’ commitment to spending 2 percent of gross domestic product on defense.
“They should be paying 2 percent,” Trump noted. “So I called him out on that, and I’m sure he wasn’t happy about it, but that’s the way it is.”
In response to the viral video clip, Trudeau tried to smooth over the situation.