Former EU Council chief Donald Tusk took a shot at
The ex-European Council chief made the cheeky gesture at last year’s G7 summit, but shared the picture in the wake of the diplomatic disaster which blew up at this week’s gathering of NATO leaders.
Trump last night stormed from the summit in London early after being humiliatingly mocked by Canada’s Justin Trudeau behind his back.
As Trump stood in front of him, Tusk pointed two fingers at his back so his hand mimicked a gun.
He then tweeted a picture of the prank from his personal account to his 6,800 followers with a message of transatlantic unity.
Alongside the image Tusk wrote: ‘Despite seasonal turbulences our transatlantic friendship must last #Trump #NATO.’
Donald Tusk tweeted a picture of him pointing two fingers into the back of President Trump
Alongside the picture, former EU Council leader Donald Tusk tweeted a message of transatlantic unity
European Council President Donald Tusk waving as he leaves the European Council headquarters in Brussels last month
Germany’s Angela Merkel was seen looking on in the picture, although it is unclear whether her reaction to the stunt was positive or negative.
Tusk, who was head of the European Council from 2014 until last month, now leads the centre-right European People’s Party.
Trump seemed unaware of Tusk’s gesture and as of this afternoon has not tweeted about his EU counterpart’s post, which was the second time the president was mocked by a world leader at the summit.
The US president cancelled his last press conference at the NATO summit after four leaders were caught on a ‘hot mic’ appearing to mock his lengthy press briefings.
Emmanuel Macron, Boris Johnson and Justin Trudeau were caught at the Queen’s reception talking with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte about the US president’s staff and their reactions to some of his antics.
In the video from the reception, which appears to be edited, Trudeau and the other leaders are seen chuckling about Trump while Princess Anne watches on.
After watching the viral clip, Trump tweeted that he would leave the summit without holding a scheduled press conference, bringing an acrimonious end to the military alliance’s 70th anniversary gathering.
President Donald Trump at a breakfast meeting with Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at Winfield House in London on Tuesday
Justin Trudeau, center, Emmanuel Macron, second right, and Boris Johnson, right, have all been caught on a hot mic at the Buckingham Palace NATO reception appearing to gossip about Donald Trump and an apparent impromptu lengthy press conference
The President wrote: ‘When today’s meetings are over, I will be heading back to Washington. We won’t be doing a press conference at the close of NATO because we did so many over the past two days.’
He then blasted Trudeau as ‘two-faced’ over Canada’s payment towards NATO.
Trump told reporters, in yet another press appearance, this time before his head-to-head with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
‘With Trudeau, he’s a nice guy. I find him to be a nice guy, but the truth is, I called him out on the fact that he’s not paying two per cent and I guess he’s not very happy about it,’ he said.
At around 5pm he boarded Marine One at the Grove Hotel in Watford and flew to the runway where Air Force One was preparing to take off.
Since taking office Trump has repeatedly denigrated the EU, once describing the bloc as a ‘foe’ when asked which nations or leaders he considered to be adversaries of the US.
In the clip, Trudeau makes the most cutting comments, laughing about Trump’s lengthy Q&A sessions with reporters and saying even the president’s staff was shocked at some of his actions
A tense meeting between Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau was captured on camera at the NATO summit in Watford, Hertfordshire on Wednesday after Trump was questioned by reporters about Trudeau’s comments caught on a hot mic on Tuesday
Last week Tusk branded President Trump as possibly the greatest challenge for the European Union in a German newspaper column.
He wrote in Die Zeit: ‘For the first time in history, there is an American president who is openly against a united Europe. He supports Brexit and prays for the breakup of the Union.’
Since the video was made public, all three leaders, Johnson, Macron and Trudeau all moved to defuse the situation.
Macron raged that the video – said to be captured by freelance cameraman Andy Laurence and handed to broadcasters before being first aired by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation – was ‘stolen’ as cameras should not have been rolling in that room.
Boris Johnson pleaded ignorance saying it was ‘complete nonsense. I don’t know where that has come from’.
Trudeau insisted they were not ridiculing the president but merely expressing surprise he chose to announce details of an upcoming G7 summit.