Published: Mon, December 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

After hot mic gaffe, Trudeau and Trump revive feud

After hot mic gaffe, Trudeau and Trump revive feud

During the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in London, President Donald Trump asked French President Emmanuel Macron if his government would take care of the French ex-combatants captured during the defeated ISIS army.

"He's two-faced", Trump told reporters, in yet another press appearance, this time before his head-to-head with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Nato's 29 members have a target of spending 2 per cent of their GDP on defence, and Canada is among the majority in failing to do so.

Trump's response to the video was to call Trudeau "two-faced".

"He's not paying two per cent and he should be paying two per cent", Trump said.

He continued: "Look, I'm representing the USA and he should be paying more than he's paying, and he understands that".

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"Last night, I made a reference to the fact that there was an unscheduled press conference before my meeting with president Trump and I was happy to take part in it, but it was certainly notable", the prime minister said during a news conference at the end of the summit.

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

But after events Tuesday evening, relations between Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a turn for the worse.

In a meeting on Tuesday, Trump referred to Canada as "slightly delinquent" when discussing the two per cent benchmark set in 2014.

"The world sees Trump for what he is", Biden says in the video. "Some are way below one per cent and that's unacceptable, and then if something happens we're supposed to protect them and it's really not fair and it has never been fair".

NATO SecretaryGeneral Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday rejected French criticism that the military alliance is suffering from "brain death", and insisted that the organisation is adapting to modern challenges.

The video was shot by the British host's pool camera and has proliferated online.

That included an exchange with Trump during an impromptu 40-minute news conference Tuesday in which the Canadian prime minister tried to deflect the US president's attention away from the fact Canada has no plan to reach the two-per-cent target.

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