Trump was embarrassed on the first day of the NATO summit, and it shows no one is bothering to take him seriously anymore

President Donald Trump arriving at the second day of the NATO leaders summit in Watford, England, on Wednesday.

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President Donald Trump arriving at the second day of the NATO leaders summit in Watford, England, on Wednesday.
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  • President Donald Trump is at the second day of the NATO leaders’ summit in England.
  • He entered the conference on Tuesday triumphant and claiming credit for the defense alliance’s budget changes.
  • But that success waned quickly as the day went on, as French President Emmanuel Macron openly questioned his claims, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared to mock him behind his back, and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson refused to be photographed with him.
  • All of these leaders had been openly diplomatic and friendly with Trump in the past. Their behavior on Tuesday showed a world no longer bothering to take the US president seriously.
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President Donald Trump entered the NATO summit triumphant, claiming credit for large structural changes in the alliance’s defense spending.

But his first day turned out to encompass one embarrassment after another, with multiple world leaders openly sparring with him and appearing to mock him behind his back – showing that nobody is bothering to take him seriously anymore.

Shortly before meeting other Western leaders in London on Tuesday, Trump claimed credit for NATO reducing the US government’s contributions to the group and increasing those from other allies.

Though this plan had been in place since 2014 – when Barack Obama was president – Trump took it as a personal victory because he had long railed against what he perceived as the US’s outsize contribution to the defense alliance.

French President Emmanuel Macron and Trump in London on Tuesday.

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French President Emmanuel Macron and Trump in London on Tuesday.
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That feeling of triumph most likely waned quickly, though, as the day went on. Here’s a rundown of Trump’s numerous embarrassments on Tuesday:

  • He was publicly fact-checked by French President Emmanuel Macron – with whom he has touted having a strong relationship – at their joint press conference. Macron said the Islamic State terrorist group had not yet been defeated, despite Trump’s repeated insistence that it had.
  • Macron also challenged Trump’s claim that ISIS fighters were “mostly from Europe.”
  • At a separate press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Trump openly questioned one of NATO’s founding principles, Article 5, which requires members to protect one another if under attack – prompting concern and criticism among NATO officials.
  • Retired US Army Gen. Wesley Clark, a former NATO commander, told Business Insider’s David Choi that Trump’s comments were “a very rough way to play” with the alliance’s principles and that “it undercuts deterrence, encourages potential adversaries, and erodes NATO itself.”

An image of a video posted by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that appeared to show a group including Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson mocking Trump on Tuesday night.

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An image of a video posted by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that appeared to show a group including Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson mocking Trump on Tuesday night.
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This all shows world leaders aren’t bothering to take Trump seriously anymore.

Macron’s publicly schooling Trump in front of dozens of reporters is a far cry from the two leaders’ “bromance” two years ago.

Trudeau’s apparent willingness to mock Trump in front of other world leaders contrasts heavily with the Canadian prime minister’s pledge to himself in 2016 to criticize only the comments, rather than the character, of his American counterpart.

“There was a discipline that I imposed on myself early,” Trudeau had told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation journalist Aaron Wherry, who wrote a book about the prime minister.

Johnson’s refusal to be publicly seen with Trump also comes as a huge snub to the US president, who in October had endorsed him in the election.

Johnson and Trump.

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Johnson and Trump.
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George Conway, the husband of the senior White House counselor, Kellyanne Conway, tweeted in response to the video showing the world leaders on Tuesday, saying Trump was “the laughing stock of the planet.”

“The world thinks you are an incompetent, ignorant, dumb, deranged buffoon – and they are right,” Conway continued. “And you prove it to them every day.”

Trump, on his end, has put on a veneer of success at the NATO summit on his social-media accounts. It remains unclear how long that will last.