Trump set for tough North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meetings under impeachment cloud

Carla Harmon
December 4, 2019

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 event. "Which of those foreign leaders would not happily change place with Donald Trump - with his economy and yes, in fact, his rising approval ratings?"

Despite the rather unflattering words he reportedly had to say about the Canadian prime minister, Trump also called him a "nice guy" and even suggested a possible reason for Trudeau to mock him.

Only seven of NATO's 29 members have reached the alliance's defense spending target of 2 percent of their gross domestic product, according to NPR.

The White House confirmed the meeting after Erdogan's office posted a photo of the two leaders on social media.

World leaders were heard "gossiping" about Donald Trump.

The New Jersey Democrat was on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" when he criticized Trump for calling Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "two-faced".

Trump subsequently called Trudeau "two-faced", but otherwise appeared to take the comments in stride, no doubt leaving Trudeau - and the rest of Canada - to breathe a sigh of relief the damage was not worse.

Video emerged late on Tuesday that appears to show world leaders joking about Trump at the summit, which has been marked by sharp disagreements over spending, future threats including China and Turkey's role in the alliance.

The surprisingly gentle rebuke - at least by Trump's standards - follows concerns Trudeau's comments could result in a backlash against Canada from the president, who only this week blasted French President Emmanuel Macron.

"It's Canada-they have money and they should be paying 2 I can imagine he's not that happy, but that's the way it is", Trump told reporters when asked about the video.

Macron rejected Ankara's call, saying that while he was sensitive to Turkish concerns about terror, he would not conflate "different political and military groups". Later when the two leaders were face to face, Macron refused to back down, saying he stood by his comments.

In September 2018, some members of the U.N. General Assembly laughed aloud when Trump used his address to claim his administration had accomplished more in fewer than two years than nearly any administration in US history.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says that Russian Federation will not get involved in an arms race with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, even if the alliance increases its military spending.

The leaders of the world's most powerful military alliance clashed over personality and policy on Wednesday as NATO's summit ended with an effort to paper over their sharp divisions. Later in the day, the president held a separate bilateral meeting with Trudeau, during which the president engaged with the press seated next to the Canadian prime minister for a half-hour.

Asked on Wednesday if he had heard Trudeau's remarks about him, Trump said: "He's two-faced".

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