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'World laughs at Trump' – millions watch Biden's attack

Joe Biden has claimed the world is laughing at US President Donald Trump’s incompetence.

He launched a campaign ad video after Mr Trump attacked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as “two-faced” and cancelled a news conference at the Nato summit in London after a video appeared to show several world leaders, including Mr Trudeau, laughing and gossiping about him.

The Democratic presidential frontrunner’s ad makes for a blistering critique of the president’s ability to lead on the global stage.

His campaign mocked Mr Trump’s repeated insistence the US requires a president who isn’t a “laughing stock”, ending the ad with a graphic reading: “We need a leader the world respects.”

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By early yesterday, the roughly minute-long video had been watched more than five million times.

“The world is laughing at President Trump,” the former vice-president tweeted. “They see him for what he really is: dangerously incompetent and incapable of world leadership.”

The ad marks the continued fallout after Mr Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other dignitaries were caught on camera engaging in a brief exchange apparently about Mr Trump that quickly spiralled into an international incident.

Yesterday, Mr Trudeau, Mr Macron and Mr Johnson were forced to field questions about the candid conversation and Mr 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, the Biden ad opens with Mr 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 Tuesday’s 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 Mr Macron talking before jumping to a close-up of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte mid-laugh. Other clips show Mr Johnson and Mr Trudeau smiling.

The ad then calls attention to other occasions where Mr Trump has been met with derision from foreign leaders, including video of the president addressing the UN General Assembly last year, where his remarks were met with audible laughter from audience members.

“A president the world is laughing at,” reads all-caps text superimposed on footage from Mr Trump’s address.

Mr 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,” Mr Biden says over images of himself with foreign leaders such as Mr Trudeau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Mr Trump defended his behaviour at the summit, tweeting: “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,” Mr Trump added, saying that there was “only deep respect” for the United States.

Tim Murtaugh, a spokesman for the Trump campaign, hit back at Mr 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,” Mr Murtaugh wrote in an email to the ‘Washington Post’.

“They want to keep ripping off the United States like they did before Trump became president.”

At an event in Iowa on Wednesday, Mr Biden had declined to directly attack Mr Trump’s Nato performance, citing his stance that presidents shouldn’t be criticised while they are on foreign soil.

“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 landed with Mr Trump back in the US on Wednesday night, Mr Biden dropped his ad.

On social media, some praised Mr Biden’s team for creating what one person called “the best anti-Trump ad I’ve seen yet”. Others warned the ad would only inspire a similar video from the Trump campaign centred on Mr Biden’s numerous gaffes. (© Washington Post)

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