Friday 21 February 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.’

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