Fox Hosts Rally to Defend Trump After President Mocked at NATO: 'They're Mad Because Trump Dominated'

Newsweek 1 week ago

Several Fox hosts rallied to defend President Donald Trump after a group of world leaders reportedly laughed at him at the NATO summit reception in London this week.

The leaders, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, were filmed discussing Trump at London's Buckingham Palace Tuesday night. They were attending a reception for a NATO Summit and were apparently unaware the conversation, in which Trudeau was seemingly mocking Trump, was being recorded.

On the Tuesday night's The Ingraham Angle, host Laura Ingraham played video of the incident and suggested that the group must have been gossiping due to jealousy of Trump's "dominant" performance at the summit.

"What next? Are they going to bring out the 'burn book' from Mean Girls? 'We're totally not inviting him to the next sorority mixer!'" Ingraham said. "Oh, my goodness, they're just mad because Trump dominated, they had to sit there like potted plants."

"I mean, all of life really is like middle school," added Fox News anchor Shannon Bream. "It never really changes. I try to tell people, it doesn't matter if you're 50, it's still the same."

Not all of the conversation between the world leaders can be heard on the recording, but some members of the group appear to be laughing and Trudeau can be heard saying "I just watched his team's jaws drop to the floor," apparently in reference to Trump.

Fox Business host Stuart Varney said he didn't "see it that way" when discussing reports that the leaders had laughed at Trump. Fox News contributor Liz Peek, his guest on Wednesday's Varney & Co., claimed that if the group were laughing, it could have been due to Trump's "hilarious" sense of humor. Peek said she and Varney laugh when Trump "says something that is hilarious." She also suggested the group must have been "uncomfortable" and envious of Trump because of his supposed dominance and success.

"I think they're extremely uncomfortable around our president because he comes over there and he dominates the show," said Peek. "Which of those foreign leaders would not happily change place with Donald Trump, with his economy? And yes, in fact, his rising approval ratings."

In response to the incident, Trump called Trudeau "two-faced" when questioned by reporters on Wednesday. He described the Canadian prime minister as "a nice guy" and said he must be upset over being called out for failing to a meet a goal of two percent of Canada's GDP on NATO defense spending.

"The truth is that I called him out on the fact that he's not paying two percent, and I guess he's not very happy about it," said Trump. "He's not paying two percent and he should be paying two percent. It's Canada, they have money and they should be paying two percent, so I called him out on that and I'm sure he wasn't happy about it but that's the way it is."

Trump cancelled a press conference set for later in the day and reportedly cut his NATO trip short.

Newsweek reached out to the White House for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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