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Trump calls Trudeau 'two-faced' after hot mic catches NATO leaders speaking candidly – NBC News, NBC News


President Donald Trump blasted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as “two-faced” on Wednesday after Trudeau was caught on an open mic with other world leaders discussing theNATO meeting in Londonand referencing Trump’s lengthy press conferences.

The video, which quickly went viral online, showed Trudeau, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron and others speaking at a Buckingham Palace reception. The video begins with Johnson looking toward Macron and asking, “Is that why you were late?”

Trudeau jumped in, “He was late because he takes a 40 – minute press conference off the top. “

After a cut in the footage, Trudeau adds,” I watched his team’s jaws drop on the floor .

Trudeau said Wednesday that he was referencing Trump, and said the moment that made “his team’s jaws drop” was when the president announced the location for next year Group of Seven summit at Camp David.

On Tuesday, Trump was involved in a 38 – minute press event alon gside Macron. Prior to that, the president spoke alongside NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg for about 53 minutes.

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Macron and Johnson’s offices declined to comment on the video.

“Well, he’s two-faced,” Trump said of Trudeau alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday. “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 military spending) and I guess he’s not happy about it.”

Trump later canceled his remaining Wednesday press conference.

“When today’s meetings are over, I will be heading back to Washington,” Trump tweeted. “We won’t be doing a press conference at the close of NATO because we did so many over the past two days. Safe travels to all!”

It’s not the first time Trump has taken aim at his Canadian counterpart,calling Trudeau“very dishonest and weak” after a Group of Seven summit in Canada last year.

Asked about the president’s comments Wednesday, Trudeau said he “has a very good relationship with” Trump.

The world leaders’ overheard conversation took place at the end of whirlwind day in which Trump spent more than two hours speaking to reporters in sessions alongside the likes of Macron, Stoltenberg and Trudeau.

Trump earlier in the day criticized Macron for saying NATO was experiencing a “brain death,” saying the remark was “very, very nasty” and “insulting,” bashing his French counterpart’s handling of the French economy. Then, while sitting alongside Macron, Trump jokingly asked if the French leader would “like some nice ISIS fighters?”

“I could give them to you,” Trump said. “You could take every one you want.”

“Let’s be serious,” Macron said, adding that the fight against ISIS is “not yet done.”

“I’m sorry to say that,” Macron said.

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Allan Smith is a political reporter for NBC News.

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