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'Two-faced': Trump lashes Trudeau for overheard comments

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'Two-faced': Trump lashes Trudeau for overheard comments
'Two-faced': Trump lashes Trudeau for overheard comments

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson are filmed at a Buckingham Palace event apparently talking in an unguarded fashion about U.S. President Donald Trump.

David Doyle reports.

**EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: RESENDING TO UPDATE WITH TRUMP COMMENTS** (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: "Well, he's two-faced." Donald Trump lashed back at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday (December 4) after the latter was caught on camera with other world leaders on Tuesday (December 3), apparently gossiping about the U.S. President.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) UK PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON SAYING TO FRENCH PRESIDENT EMMANUEL MACRON: "Is that why, is that why you were late?" (SOUNDBITE) (English) CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU SAYING: "It was like a 40 minute press conference, off the top... oh yeah, yeah, 40 minutes, he announced..." Much of the conversation was inaudible, and Trump was not named, but Trudeau appeared to be referencing lengthy press statements made by the U.S. president earlier in the day.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU SAYING: "I just watched his team's jaws drop to the floor." The comments were recorded at a Buckingham Palace event ahead of Wednesday's NATO summit, which is starting to look more like a school playground.

Trump suggested that Trudeau's remarks may have been linked to a disagreement over the NATO target of spending 2% of national output on defense - though he also had some nice words for his Canadian counterpart.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: "Honestly, with Trudeau, he's a nice guy.

I find him to be a very nice guy, but the truth is I called him out on the fact that he's not paying 2 percent, and I guess he's not very happy about it." After that sit-down with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump said he was canceling a scheduled news conference at the end of the NATO summit, tweeting he had briefed the media many times during his two-day trip.

World leaders have been gathering at a luxury golf course near London for a particularly acrimonious NATO summit, with sharp disagreements over spending, future threats, and Turkey's role in the alliance.

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