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Resurfaced Video Appears To Show Charles Flipping Trump The Bird As He Meets The Queen

Resurfaced Video Appears To Show Charles Flipping Trump The Bird As He Meets The Queen
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A resurfaced video appears to show King Charles III flipping former President Donald Trump the bird during Trump's 2019 visit to the United Kingdom after his mother, the late Queen Elizabeth II, hosted a gala for North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) leaders at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the military alliance.

The video made the rounds online in the wake of Charles succeeding his mother to the throne after she died September 8 at the age of 96, ending her 70-year reign as Britain's longest reigning monarch.

Charles can be seen using his middle finger to scratch his nose while Trump and his wife, former First Lady Melania Trump, talk to the Queen.

The footage, which you can see for yourself below, left some Twitter users wondering if Charles was taking a subtle dig at the now ex-President.

Charles might not exactly be popular—due to decades of scandal, none of the members of the royal family enjoy even a hint of the late Queen's popularity—but Twitter users lauded the newly-minted King once the video went viral.

As far as they were concerned, the gesture was hilarious, intentional or not.

But did the Queen catch Charles' sly gesture? At least one Twitter user thought so.

Trump's appearance at the NATO gala garnered criticism at the time because he regularly undermined NATO while in office and discussed withdrawing the United States from its NATO obligations entirely.

In 2017, European nations reacted with shock and defiance when Trump, then-President elect, suggested that the European Union would eventually break up and declared that NATO is "obsolete."

Speaking at the time in a joint interview with The LondonTimes and the German publication Bild, Trump claimed that he'd said for years "that NATO had problems," stressing that the organization is "obsolete because it was designed many, many years ago" and criticizing member states for not "paying what they're supposed to be paying."

Trump's comments represent an unprecedented breach in transatlantic relations and came at a time when Europe faced several new elections in a year in which hardline anti-immigrant Euroskeptics made efforts to gain power. The consequences of a potential NATO breakdown are extensive: Guarantees from the U.S. are vital to European security and the U.S. and E.U. are each other's most valuable trade partners. On matters of war, peace, and wealth, the U.S. and E.U. are interlinked.