Conway: Video of Trudeau gossiping about Trump was 'childish'

White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayKellyanne Conway knocks Biden, talks up Sanders in Wash Post op-ed Democrats sharpen case on second day of arguments 'Emotion' from Trump's legal team wins presidential plaudits MORE on Thursday called Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauIran expected to send Ukraine the black boxes from downed passenger plane Poll: Most Canadian taxpayers don't want to pay for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's security costs Trudeau: Escalating 'tensions' with Iran to blame for downed jet MORE's behavior in a viral video in which he was seen gossiping about President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Anita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up' Sen. Van Hollen releases documents from GAO investigation MORE "childish," but downplayed any effect it might have on the relationship between the two countries.

"I imagine the relationship will be the same, because at least President Trump is honest when he’s calling out a foreign leader and the way he feels about them when they’re not paying their dues to NATO," Conway said on "Fox & Friends."

"I thought it was a very ... churlish exchange, but they were hardly denouncing the president’s policies they were hardly denouncing him," she added. "People looked at this as they usually do on social media with outsized attention."


The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation posted a 25-second clip late Tuesday that showed Trudeau, French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronGerman president expresses 'sorrow' for Holocaust, warns 'spirits of evil' are rising Hillicon Valley — Presented by Philip Morris International — Apple reportedly dropped plans to let iPhone users encrypt backups | Justices decline facial recognition case | Critics fear Facebook losing misinformation fight | Truce on French tech tax On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Trump at Davos warns Europe on trade | President boasts about US economy to global elite | Experts say Trump trade victories may yield little growth MORE and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson having an animated conversation at a NATO reception about what appeared to be Trump's lateness to bilateral meetings earlier in the day.

"He was late because he takes a 40-minute press conference off the top," Trudeau said, referring to Trump's lengthy Q&A at the outset of meetings with him, Macron and the NATO secretary general.

"You just watched his team’s jaws drop to the floor," Trudeau said.

Macron could be seen gesturing with his hands and responding, but his remarks were inaudible.

Trump responded Wednesday by calling Trudeau "two-faced" and suggesting the prime minister was upset he'd said Canada was "slightly delinquent" on its defense spending. Trump added he thought Trudeau was a "nice guy."


Conway noted on Thursday that the other world leaders were not denouncing the president's policies, highlighting that Trudeau has been supportive of the Trump administration's U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement awaiting approval in Congress.

"What was it really about? It was about the fact that President Trump commands a room, and he does," she said. "And maybe that makes a couple of people jealous and certainly churlish."

"I just thought it was ... childish and churlish, but it doesn’t affect the relationship between the two countries," she said.

Trump has defended his performance at NATO, insisting he got along well with other world leaders despite the Trudeau video and a tense meeting with Macron.