Diplomacy: IF YOU BUY THAT, WE KNOW A BRIDGE IN BROOKLYN...

IF YOU BUY THAT, WE KNOW A BRIDGE IN BROOKLYN...

U.S. officials are furious with Canadian Prime Minister JEAN CHRETIEN after an open mike at the NATO summit caught him scorning CLINTON's two-year campaign to enlarge the group as "done for short-term political reasons, to win elections." Clinton aides consider the digs meanspirited, but their boss has a different take. According to a senior official, the President laughed at the comments, chalking them up to the intricacies of Canadian-Belgian relations. Seems that Chretien was speaking to Belgian Prime Minister JEAN-LUC DEHAENE. Belgians disdain French Canadians as bumpkins, Clinton explained, so Chretien was just trying to impress Dehaene with his toughness. Clinton...

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