President Trump called Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "two-faced" on Wednesday after a hot-mic video appeared showing Trudeau joking with other leaders about Trump's tendency to hold impromptu press conferences during bilateral meetings.
"Well, he's two-faced. And with Trudeau, he's a nice guy. I think he's a nice guy, but the truth is, I called him that he's not paying 2% and I don't think he's very happy with that, ”Trump told reporters in London across the North Atlantic. Treaty Organization Summit.
Trump was referring to his insistence that North Atlantic Treaty Organization countries spend at least 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense. The president likes to call nations by name if they are not meeting this parameter.
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“They have money. And they should pay 2%, ”said Trump. "So I called him about it, and I'm sure he wasn't happy about it, but that's the way it is. I'm representing the US. He should be paying more than he's paying. And he understands that. So I can imagine he's not so happy. But that's the way it is. "
A video on Twitter seems to show Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson talking and laughing about how Trump's lengthy statements clog their schedules and are late for other events.
Trump and Trudeau are trying to reach a US trade deal at the finish line, but sometimes they fight, especially after last year's Group of Seven summit in Quebec.
Canada's disgust at Trump's steel and aluminum tariff threats caused a stir at the time. Trudeau called the logic of tariff insults – national security – leading Trump to label the Canadian leader "very dishonest and weak" in tweets from Air Force One.