Democratic front-runner Joe Biden released an attack ad against U.S. President Donald Trump yesterday that featured a clip of Trudeau gossiping about him at the NATO summit.
“World leaders caught on camera laughing about President Trump,” says the political advertisement as the clip of Trudeau is played on screen.
The ad was released on Biden’s Twitter account yesterday evening and has been shared 55,000 times and received nearly 200,000 likes by Thursday afternoon.
Biden is currently leading the Democratic primary polls, just ahead of competitor Elizabeth Warren. During his campaign, Biden has been prone to political gaffes and off the cuff comments. In one instance, he stated that “poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.”
Here in Canada, Trudeau’s jeers were largely negatively-received.
After the incident, Trump referred to Trudeau as “two-faced” in response to the clip. The hashtag #Twofaced was trending for the day on Twitter.
“What I’ve said often about Mr. Trudeau is that he certainly says some things in public and then says things very differently in private,” said NDP leader Jagmeet Singh in response to Trump’s label.
Opposition leader Andrew Scheer also blamed Trudeau’s comments on his “love of drama” and his “poor judgement.”
“At a time when Canada needs strong relationships more than ever, Justin Trudeau’s poor judgment, lack of professionalism, and love of drama continues to weaken Canada’s position on the world stage. We saw this just yesterday at the NATO Summit,” said Scheer.
When asked by reporters to address the comments, Trudeau called the video an “unscheduled surprise.”
During the election, Trudeau was endorsed by former President Barack Obama. Biden was Obama’s Vice President during both his two terms as President.