Former vice president Joe Biden, a Democratic presidential candidate, released a new campaign ad late Wednesday highlighting the NATO video in a blistering critique of Trump’s ability to lead on the global stage. Biden’s campaign also mocked Trump’s repeated insistence that the United States requires a president who isn’t a “laughingstock,” ending the ad with a graphic that read, “We need a leader the world respects.” By early Thursday, the roughly minute-long video had been watched more than 5 million times.
“The world is laughing at President Trump,” Biden tweeted. “They see him for what he really is: dangerously incompetent and incapable of world leadership.”
The pointed ad marks the continued fallout after Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other dignitaries were caught on camera Tuesday engaging in a brief exchange apparently about Trump that quickly spiraled into an international incident. On Wednesday, Trudeau, Macron and Johnson were forced to field questions about the candid conversation and Trump was described as “the scorned child on the global playground” and “a sulking, brooding president,” The Washington Post reported.
Set to dramatic instrumental music, Biden’s ad opens with Trump grinning and flashing a thumbs up as he stands flanked by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.
But the video quickly cuts to the Tuesday footage of the leaders at Buckingham Palace and their animated conversation.
“World leaders caught on camera laughing about President Trump,” a narrator says.
“Several world leaders mocking President Trump,” another speaker says. The video zooms in on Macron talking before jumping to a close-up of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte mid-laugh. Other clips show Johnson and Trudeau smiling.
The ad then calls attention to other occasions where Trump has been met with derision from foreign leaders, including video of the president addressing the U.N. General Assembly last year, where his remarks were met with “audible guffaws” from audience members, The Post’s David Nakamura reported.
“A president the world is laughing at,” reads all-caps text superimposed on footage from Trump’s address.
As videos of Trump play, Biden slams the president, calling him “insincere, ill-informed, corrupt, dangerously incompetent and incapable, in my view, of world leadership.”
“And if we give Donald Trump four more years, we’ll have a great deal of difficulty of ever being able to recover America’s standing in the world, and our capacity to bring nations together,” Biden says over images of himself with foreign leaders such as Trudeau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
In a Wednesday tweet, Trump defended his behavior at the summit, writing, “I got along great with the NATO leaders.”
“The Fake News Media is doing everything possible to belittle my VERY successful trip to London for NATO,” Trump tweeted, adding that there was “only deep respect” for the United States.
The Fake News Media is doing everything possible to belittle my VERY successful trip to London for NATO. I got along great with the NATO leaders, even getting them to pay $130 Billion a year more, & $400 Billion a year more in 3 years. No increase for U.S., only deep respect!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2019
Tim Murtaugh, a spokesman for the Trump campaign, hit back at Biden over his own foreign policy credentials.
“As the President has said, Joe Biden claims that foreign leaders have told him they want him to win the election. Of course they do,” Murtaugh wrote in an email to The Post. “They want to keep ripping off the United States like they did before Trump became President.”
The viral video from Buckingham Palace offered Biden a chance to highlight a regular theme from his campaign: emphasizing his foreign policy experience, while slamming Trump’s handling of global relations. In November, Biden’s campaign touted endorsements from 133 foreign policy experts and former officials who supported the former vice president as the “best antidote” to Trump, The Post’s Josh Rogin wrote. Days later, Biden accused Trump of “shredding our alliances” during an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon.
At an event in Ames, Iowa, earlier on Wednesday, Biden had declined to directly attack Trump’s NATO performance, citing his stance that presidents shouldn’t be criticized while they are on foreign soil, WHO-DT reported. “What happened in the recent NATO conference has disturbed me. Really, really disturbed me,” he said.
But less than an hour after Air Force One delivered Trump back to the U.S. on Wednesday night, Biden dropped his ad.
On social media, the video was met with mixed reactions. Some praised Biden’s team for creating what one person called “the best anti-Trump ad I’ve seen yet.” Others warned that the ad would only inspire a similar video from the Trump campaign centered on Biden’s numerous gaffes.
Viewers, however, did appear to largely agree on one thing: Trump would not be pleased.
“@realDonaldTrump is going to explode,” one person tweeted.
Jesus, this is savage. Trump is going to be apoplectic when he sees this. Expect a lot of angry Biden tweets in the morning, and maybe even a renewed push to find someone - literally anyone - willing to "investigate" his family. https://t.co/zbkIDnpYSE— Christopher Clark (@chrisclarkwords) December 5, 2019