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

White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayGeorge and Kellyanne Conway honor Ginsburg Trump carries on with rally, unaware of Ginsburg's death George Conway hits Trump on 9/11 anniversary: 'The greatest threat to the safety and security of Americans' MORE on Thursday called Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauCanada says former ambassador to US violated conflict-of-interest law No new Canadian COVID-19 deaths reported for first time since mid-March Trudeau announces millions for first 'Black Entrepreneurship Program' MORE's behavior in a viral video in which he was seen gossiping about President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy 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 MacronThe US is missing an opportunity in Lebanon Russia's aggression can and should cost Putin dearly Stationing US troops in Poland is a bad idea 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.