Two-faced? Canada's Trudeau plays down spat with Trump

Justin Trudeau speaks with Emmanuel Macron and Boris Johnson

In the Buckingham Palace video, Mr. Trudeau is seen gossiping with French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson about Mr. Trump's penchant for long, rambling press conferences.

George Conway, husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, continued his near-daily criticism of President Donald Trump on Tuesday, calling the president a "deranged buffoon". "Oh, and then you know what they'll say".

Instead, Trudeau faced repeated questions about Canada's failure to spend two per cent of its gross domestic product - a common measurement of a nation's economic wealth - on its military.

The two-day gathering ended with a show of unity, as the leaders declared their commitment to the alliance's principle of collective defense, saying in their final declaration that "an attack against one Ally shall be considered an attack against us all".

Donald Trump called Canada PM Justin Trudeau "two-faced" after candid video of Trudeau and other world leaders seemingly mocking him went viral.

The leaders do not use Trump's name, but the USA president took dozens of questions from journalists on Tuesday during impromptu news conferences at the start of his individual meetings with Macron, Trudeau and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

"He's two-faced", Trump said, adding that he is a "very nice guy". "It's Canada, they have money and they should be paying two per cent".

At no time in the video do the leaders mention Trump by name, but Trudeau's comment appeared to reference Trump's lengthy remarks to the press during their earlier meeting on Tuesday.

The meeting comes as European leaders, led by French President Emmanuel Macron, are pushing the alliance to get tougher on Turkey after its October invasion of Syria and its purchase of Russian surface-to-air missiles.

"He's not paying two percent and he should be paying two percent". Trudeau has yet to apologize for the comments, and insists he and Trump have a "good and constructive relationship".

Conservative foreign affairs critic Erin O'Toole criticized the prime minister on Twitter, saying: "I am taking the side of comporting oneself with professionalism on the world stage when you represent more than just yourself".

"On the world stage, [Trump] just insulted, called the leader of Canada, our most essential ally who has been there with us in every conflict since 9/11, standing in partnership with us in so many ways, to just throw out a school-yard taunt, or punch, like that..." "Trump making everyone on Air Force One listen to Staind "Outside" on repeat on the flight back", comedian Patrick Monahan tweeted.

The summit will happen in Watford, outside London. Later in the day, the president held a separate bilateral meeting with Trudeau, during which the president engaged with the press seated next to the Canadian prime minister for a half-hour.

Before departing for London, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also said he would oppose a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defence plan for the Baltic region and Poland if the bloc did not support Turkey over its fight against Kurdish groups in Syria it considers terrorists.



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