Trump calls Trudeau two-faced and cancels Press meet

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Aden - Yasmine El Tohamy - US President Trump talks with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. - Reuters

Trump cancelled his news conference to fly directly back to Washington.

Nato leaders vowed to stick together against threats from Russia and terrorism and recognised the challenge of a rising China on Wednesday, despite another summit overshadowed by US President Donald Trump's angry outbursts.

The 29 leaders meeting outside London to mark the 70th anniversary of the alliance agreed on a joint statement despite divides over spending and strategy and sharp exchanges between several of the heads of state.

But the bad blood continued till the end of the get-together, with Trump branding Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "two-faced" after a group of allied leaders were caught on video at a Buckingham Palace reception mocking the US leader's rambling press appearances.

Trump cancelled his news conference to fly directly back to Washington, despite boasting of having convinced his allies to boost defence spending and Turkey to drop its objections to the adoption of a defence plan for the Baltic states and Poland.

Trump was furious, and criticised the Canadian leader for not meeting Nato members' target of spending two per cent of their GDP on defence. "Well, he's two-faced," he said. "And with Trudeau, he's a nice guy. I find him to be a nice guy, but the truth is, I called him out on the fact that he's not paying two per cent, and I guess he's not very happy about it."

 

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