President Donald Trump speaks as he meets with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte during the NATO summit at The Grove, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, in Watford, England. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump speaks as he meets with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte during the NATO summit at The Grove, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, in Watford, England. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

VIDEO: Trump calls Canada's Trudeau 'two-faced' over video remarks

By By Steve Holland And William James Time of article published Dec 4, 2019

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WATFORD - U.S. President Donald

Trump called Justin Trudeau "two-faced" on Wednesday after the

Canadian Prime Minister appeared to be caught on camera joking

about his press appearances during a chat with other leaders at

a NATO summit in Britain.

Trudeau was filmed at a Buckingham Palace reception for NATO

leaders on Tuesday evening describing how surprised U.S.

officials appeared to be by Trump's performance at an earlier

news conference.

The conversation, which involved Trudeau, British Prime

Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, Dutch

Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Queen Elizabeth's daughter Anne,

was recorded on video and snippets were audible.

"Is that why you were late?" Johnson asked Macron.

"...It was like a 40-minute press conference," Trudeau said.

"Yeah, yeah, yeah! Forty minutes."

Other words were exchanged but could not be heard, before

Trudeau added with a chuckle: "I just watched his team's jaws

drop to the floor."

Asked on Wednesday if he had heard Trudeau's remarks about

him, Trump said: "He's two-faced".

He suggested that Trudeau was upset because he had

challenged him for failing to meet the target of spending 2% of

national output on defence.

"I find him to be a very nice guy but you know the truth is

that I called him out over the fact that he's not paying 2% and

I can see he's not very happy about it," Trump said at a news

conference alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Trump later appeared to make light of his own remarks about

Trudeau.

"That was funny when I said the guy's two-faced," the

president was caught saying on an audio clip following a lunch

with some of the NATO leaders.

At a final news conference, Trudeau played down the

incident, saying he and Trump had enjoyed a great meeting and

that the jaw-dropping comment was a reference to the

announcement of the location of the next meeting of G7 leaders

at the U.S. presidential retreat, Camp David.

"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 told reporters.

"We were all surprised and I think pleased to learn that the

next G7 will be at Camp David, I think that was an unscheduled

announcement and... I think every different leader has teams who

every now and then their jaws drop at unscheduled surprises,

like that video itself for example." 

Reuters

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