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Trump calls Trudeau 'two-faced' at Nato summit

2019-12-05 HKT 03:25
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  • World leaders and royalty enjoy a bit of teasing gossip. Photo: AP
    World leaders and royalty enjoy a bit of teasing gossip. Photo: AP
US President Donald Trump has described the Canadian prime minister as "two-faced" after Justin Trudeau was caught on camera apparently mocking him.

"He's two-faced, and he's not very happy about it," Trump said on the sidelines of the Nato summit in London, saying he had called out Trudeau on not meeting the alliance's minimum of spending 2 percent of GDP on defence.

"With Trudeau, he's a nice guy. I find him to be a nice guy, but the truth is, I called him out on the fact that he's not paying 2 percent and I guess he's not very happy about it."

Trudeau was picked up by microphones at a Buckingham Palace reception for Nato leaders on Tuesday evening, apparently laughing about an impromptu press conference Trump did earlier.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson can be heard asking France's President Emmanuel Macron: "Is that why you were late?"

Trudeau interjects: "He was late because he takes a 40 minute press conference off the top."

In the video, Macron appears to tell an anecdote about the encounter as Britain's Princess Anne and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte look on, but the French leader has his back to camera and he is inaudible amid the hubbub.

"Oh, yeah, yeah, he announced..." an amused Trudeau declares, adding: "You just watched his team's jaw drop to the floor." (AFP)