U.S. President Donald Trump said he had called out Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for failing to meet the target of spending 2% of national output on defence adding he was two-faced for comments he appeared to have made about him.
"He's two faced," Trump said when asked about remarks Trudeau seemed to make about the U.S. president's performance at a news conference at a NATO summit in Britain. Trump then said he will cancel his 3:30 PM press conference, cutting short his attendance at the NATO summit.
"I find him to be a very nice guy but you know the truth is that I called him out the fact that he's not paying 2% and I can see he's not very happy about it," Trump added. "He's not paying 2% and he should be paying 2%. Canada – they have money."
In footage recorded during a reception in London at Buckingham Palace Tuesday evening, Trudeau was seen standing in a huddle with French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Britain’s Princess Anne, daughter of Queen Elizabeth II.
.@JustinTrudeau, @EmmanuelMacron, @BorisJohnson and other VIPs shared a few words at a Buckingham Palace reception Tuesday. No one mentions @realDonaldTrump by name, but they seem to be discussing his lengthy impromptu press conferences from earlier in the day. (Video: Host Pool) pic.twitter.com/dVgj48rpOP
— Power & Politics (@PnPCBC) December 3, 2019
President Donald Trump called Justin Trudeau ‘two-faced’ over comments that the Canadian prime minister appeared to have made about him at a NATO summit the day before https://t.co/F40Egg5mF5 pic.twitter.com/9KDC93focs
— Reuters (@Reuters) December 4, 2019
….When today’s meetings are over, I will be heading back to Washington. We won’t be doing a press conference at the close of NATO because we did so many over the past two days. Safe travels to all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2019
After Johnson asked Macron, “is that why you were late?” Trudeau could be heard saying “he was late because he takes a 40-minute press conference off the top.” That appeared to be a reference to Trump’s long and unscheduled question-and-answer session with journalists earlier Tuesday.
Trudeau also said: “You just watched his team’s jaws drop to the floor.”
Trump wasn’t mentioned by name during the exchange.