Thursday 24 September 2020

Nato reception gossip about Trump was ‘not mean’, Dutch MP says

Rutte and Trudeau at the summit. Photo: Sean Kilpatrick / AP / HH

A video apparently showing Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte, Canada’s Justin Trudeau, Boris Johnson, France’s Emmanuel Macron and Britain’s princess Anne gossiping about Donald Trump ‘was not mean’, Rutte has told Dutch reporters.

The video was shot during a reception held at Buckingham Palace for Nato leaders following their meeting in London. The film was taken by a pool press camera and first posted online by Canada’s CBC.

Trudeau could be heard telling the group ‘he takes a 40-minute press conference off the top,’ prompting more comments and laughter from the group, although Trump was not mentioned by name. The Canadian prime minister told reporters later he was referring to Trump’s long, impromptu question-and-answer session with journalists earlier on Tuesday.

Rutte told Dutch reporters later that the chatter was ‘meaningless’. ‘We were standing at the reception for hours, so then there is a bit of gossip,’ he  is quoted as saying in the AD. ‘But it was not mean, it was about nothing.’

Thank you for donating to

The team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation in recent weeks. Your financial support has helped us to expand our coverage of the coronavirus crisis into the evenings and weekends and make sure you are kept up to date with the latest developments. has been free for 14 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.

If you have not yet made a donation, but would like to, you can do so via Ideal, credit card or Paypal.