Trump blasts 'two-faced' Trudeau over candid video at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation reception

Thursday, 05 Dec, 2019

"With Trudeau, he's a nice guy". All that did was get him a scolding by Germany's Angela Merkel and even from Trump, with zero allies coming to his defense.

Speaking ahead of bilateral talks with German Chancellor Merkel at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation 70th anniversary summit, President Trump was asked about the comments made by the Canadian leader which were shown around the world. And I say, 'Push him around?

The run-up to the summit had been marked by Macron branding the alliance "brain dead" and demanding a new strategy, reopening a dialogue with Russian Federation and refocusing on the fight against terrorism.

The U.S. president went on to suggest Trudeau was simply upset Canada had been called out for not spending enough on its military.

"Last night I made a reference to the fact there was an unscheduled press conference before my meeting with President Trump, I was happy to take part in it but it was certainly notable", Trudeau said, asked whether he had apologised to Trump for the comment. Several seem to have been caught in an unguarded exchange on camera apparently gossiping about U.S. President Donald Trump's behavior.

Trump did not take kindly to Trudeau's comments.

As reporters left the room, Trump turned to the table and quipped: "That was amusing when I said the guy is two-faced".

It's not the first time Trump has taken aim at his Canadian counterpart, calling Trudeau "very dishonest and weak" after a Group of Seven summit in Canada past year.

Turkey's request Tuesday that allies support the country's claim the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) forces is a terrorist organization was not addressed, Stoltenberg told reporters.

When Trump said all those times before he became president that the world was laughing at America, he was wrong.

In September 2018, some members of the U.N. General Assembly laughed aloud when Trump used his address to claim his administration had accomplished more in fewer than two years than nearly any administration in US history. "I didn't expect that reaction, but that's OK", he added to more laughter and some applause.

Trudeau, who leads the center-left Liberal Party in Canada, was recently endorsed in a tough reelection campaign by Trump's predecessor, former President Barack Obama. They still need him, given America's power and authority, but more often, they try to keep interactions at an arm's length. The prime minister's conservative allies anxious Trump's embrace could damage Johnson ahead of crucial parliamentary elections next week. Mr Johnson can be heard asking Mr Macron as he wanders up to the group, in what is assumed to be a reference to a press conference the French President held with the USA leader.

"The fact that we live in peace today demonstrates the power of the simple proposition at the heart of this alliance: That for as long as we stand together, no one could hope to defeat us - and therefore no one will start a war", Johnson said in his opening remarks.

It's expected the leaders, who earlier Wednesday morning gathered for the annual family photo, will talk about everything from the fight against terrorism, to relationships with Russian Federation and the rise of China.

"If NATO has a motto, it is one for all, and all for one", he said.