Donald Trump was not happy after seeing footage of world leaders apparently making fun of him, and I don’t blame him.
The president called Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “two-face”, canceled his press conference, and then left the NATO summit early.
.@realDonaldTrump on Trudeau: "Well he's two-faced… The truth is, I called him out on the fact that he's not paying 2%, and I guess he's not very happy about it." #NATOLondon https://t.co/7uj957Hoba pic.twitter.com/v0XgXv6iWh
— Newsmax (@newsmax) December 4, 2019
The US president was asked whether he had seen the clip in which his international counterparts appeared to joke about his explosive press conference with Emmanuel Macron, and his erratic diplomatic style, at Tuesday night’s Buckingham Palace reception.
“You just watched his team’s jaws drop to the floor!” Mr Trudeau apparently said of Mr Trump while speaking with Boris Johnson, Mr Macron, Mark Rutte and Princess Anne.
When asked about the incident on Wednesday, Trump replied,“Well, he’s two-faced,” adding that he is frustrated that Canada isn’t contributing more to Nato.
”Honestly, with Trudeau he’s a nice guy, I find him to be a very nice guy,” Trump said. “But you know the truth is that I called him out on the fact that he’s not paying 2 per cent, and I guess he’s not very happy about it.”
“He’s not paying 2 per cent and he should be paying 2 per cent. It’s Canada, they have money and they should be paying 2 per cent, so I called him out on that and I’m sure he wasn’t happy about it but that’s the way it is, ” he continued, “Look, I’m representing the US and he should be paying more than he’s paying, and he understands it.”
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) December 4, 2019
Mr Trump later tweeted to say a planned meeting with Italy’s prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, would still take place after the Denmark pull-aside.
But he said he would not hold the press conference that had been scheduled for 3.30pm, saying he had now conducted enough of them.
Nonetheless, Nato had had a “tremendous” two days, with leaders pledging to contribute more money to the alliance, Mr Trump insisted. “There’s great spirit.”
Trump and First Lady Melania were not scheduled to leave London to return home until 5:05pm this evening, after the press conference.