World Leaders Marvel at Trump’s Stamina

The UK's Princess Anne talks to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a reception for NATO leaders

President Trump called Justin Trudeau "two-faced" after a hot mic caught the Canadian prime minister apparently gossiping about Trump with European Union world leaders Tuesday. "And honestly with Trudeau he's a nice guy, but the truth is I called him out on the fact he's not paying 2 percent (in funding NATO) and I guess he's not happy about it".

The footage included Macron and Trudeau joking with Johnson and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte about a press conference that had run late.

".It was like a 40-minute press conference", Mr Trudeau said.

He only called Trudeau "two-faced" before shrugging Trudeau off as "a very nice guy" who was hurt after Trump correctly called him and Canada out for being lightweights when it comes to defence spending.

The NATO summit has been marred by tension among world leaders, which started Tuesday when Trump responded to comments Macron had made to The Economist magazine in which he claimed the world was witnessing the "brain death" of the organization.

In the footage Mr Trudeau, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French leader Emmanuel Macron appear to be discussing an impromptu press conference held by Mr Trump.

Macron's one-on-one pre-summit meeting with Trump had been proceeded by a lengthy question and answer session with the media, the first of many that took up several hours over the two days.

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

And though it may be two or three years before voters are asked to render their second verdict on Trudeau's time as prime minister, they, like Trump, may have long memories for slights. The move may be seen as shaming the remaining 22 members who have failed to meet the obligations they reaffirmed their commitments to at the 2014 Cardiff NATO summit, when all NATO members said they would spend two per cent of their GDP on defence to fairly burden share within the alliance.

Trump insisted his accommodation of Erdogan has helped US interests, even as it has cost the lives and territory of the Kurds, America's longtime allies against Islamic State militants, and helped Russian Federation bolster its power and influence in the region.

In any event, to the extent that one believes that Trump is a strategic thinker when it comes to politics - and that's obviously a highly debatable point - Trump has bigger problems than catty comments by Trudeau, Macron or Johnson. "It's Canada, they have money and they should be paying 2%, so I called him out on that and I'm sure he wasn't happy about it but that's the way it is".

Had it gone ahead, Mr Trump would have likely faced questions about a House Judiciary Committee and its impeachment hearing against him, taking place in the USA at the same time.

Donald Trump departs the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation conference on Marine One. "I think that, frankly, a lot of people paid great respect to Turkey for the work they've done, and we had a number of mentions where they were mentioned specifically", he said.

He will also hold a news conference before leaving for the USA.

'I am representing the US. "We don't like their representative very much", Trump said, referring to Freeland.

A video clip of the chat, filmed as world leaders met ahead of a summit to mark Nato's 70th anniversary, has been viewed nearly four million times since it was posted online.

Trump and past US presidents have urged the alliance's members to spend 2% or more on defense.

The Prime Minister's Office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.