Published: Wed, December 04, 2019

Leaders gossip about Trump during North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit

Leaders gossip about Trump during North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit

Earlier in the day, Trump spoke with reporters for almost an hour at the US ambassador's residence in London.

Trump subsequently called Trudeau "two-faced", but otherwise appeared to take the comments in stride, no doubt leaving Trudeau - and the rest of Canada - to breathe a sigh of relief the damage was not worse. But you know, the truth is that I called him out on the fact that he's not paying 2%, and I guess he's not very happy about it.

TRUMP: "Well, he's two-faced ... he's not paying 2 percent and he should be paying 2 percent. It's Canada, they have money".

To understand what he's referring to, we need to rewind a few hours to where Macron was before the soiree at the summit. "I was happy to take part in it but it was certainly notable". Johnson can be heard asking.

Mr Trudeau later told reporters that they hadn't been laughing about Mr Trump's press conference, but about the location of the next G7 summit - Camp David, the USA presidential country retreat.

Trump called Macron's remark "very insulting", "nasty" and "very disrespectful" on Tuesday.

"Once again, as Nancy Pelosi says, all roads lead back to Vladimir Putin", Scarborough said.

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

Trump has long galvanized his supporters with the dubious claim that other countries laughed at previous presidents, but that they now respect him and the United States as never before.

The NATO summit ended Wednesday with declarations of cooperation and assurances of mutual defense.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg made no reference to Trudeau's exchange as he formally ended the summit, in which members reiterated the alliance's founding principle that an attack on one represents an attack on all and recommitted to spending more on defence.

On Tuesday, he said those nations had added $US130b ($NZ199b) to defence budgets since 2016, and that this number would increase to $US400b by 2024.

Meanwhile, Trudeau offered his own take on the aforementioned video, stating that he had a "great meeting" with Trump earlier.

Trump cancelled his planned final news conference to fly directly back to Washington and into a political storm as opposition Democrat lawmakers issued a report calling for his impeachment.

"We will continue to have an excellent relationship".

The president's decision to leave early comes amid a flap over a hot-mic video that appears to show leaders of allied countries mocking Mr. Trump.

Chief among them, Macron says, is "how to build sustainable peace in Europe". "So we're talking to the European Union.about trade".

What's the background to the tensions?

The U.S. president was also set for a "working lunch" with whom the White House called "2-percenters" - nine allied nations that have met the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation guideline of spending at least 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense.

Asked on Wednesday if he had heard Trudeau's remarks about him, Trump said: "He's two-faced".

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