Trump calls Trudeau two faces while palace gossip goes viral

WATFORD, England (AP) - NATO The leaders professed the unit on Wednesday at a summit near London, but a dispute over the extravagant talk at a royal reception shook their show of solidarity. The president of the United States, Donald Trump, described the leader of the northern neighbor of the United States as two faces after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seemed to gossip about Trump in the comments captured by the camera and the microphone. Trudeau was seen standing in a huddle with French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Britain’s Princess Anne, daughter of Queen Elizabeth II at Tuesday evening’s Buckingham Palace reception for NATO leaders. You could hear Trudeau say incredulous: take a 40-minute press conference from the top. Trudeau confirmed that it was a reference to Trump's long and unscheduled question and answer session with journalists on Tuesday morning. Trudeau also said: You just saw the jaws of his team fall to the ground. He explained Wednesday that it was in reference to Trump's decision to hold the next meeting of the Group of Seven at Camp David, the presidential withdrawal. The images of the palace reception were recorded by a pool camera. The clip was published online by the Canadian broadcaster CBC and has been viewed more than 5 million times. Speaking Wednesday at the summit venue in Watford, outside London, Trump said Trudeau was likely upset that the U.S. president had broached the fact that Canada falls short of the NATO target of spending 2% of its gross domestic product on defense. Well, it has two faces, Trump told reporters. And, honestly, with Trudeau he's a good guy, I think he's a good guy, but you know that the truth is that I called him because he isn't paying 2% and I guess he's not very happy. Trudeau had a calm word and a handshake with Trump when he reached the summit on Wednesday, and then tried to ignore the episode. As everyone knows, we have a very good and constructive relationship between the president and me, Trudeau told reporters at a press conference. When asked if the incident had given him a pause to think, Trudeau said that ensuring that the focus remains on substantive issues is something we will all try to do a little harder. Johnson, meanwhile, professed ignorance when journalists asked him about the conversation. That makes no sense, he said, adding: I really don't know what he means there. Leaders of the 29 NATO states met to mark the 70th anniversary of the military alliance — and trying to patch up differences over defense spending, the alliance’s strategic direction and member nation Turkey’s military action in northern Syria. The two-day meeting ended with a sample of unity, since the They declared their commitment to the principle of collective defense of the alliance, saying in their final declaration that an attack against an Ally will be considered an attack against all of us. ___ Rob Gillies in Toronto contributed to this report. This story has not been edited by The Times of India and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe. (This story has not been edited by timesofindia.com and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe.)

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