No apology from Trudeau after Trump calls him 'two-faced'

Justin Trudeau speaks with Emmanuel Macron and Boris Johnson

Justin Trudeau speaks with Emmanuel Macron and Boris Johnson

"Trudeau, he's a nice guy".

The video of Trudeau, who was speaking to Johnson, Macron, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Princess Anne, quickly went viral after it was released and was reported on by global media outlets, including the New York Times, Fox News and the BBC.

Princess Anne's face is covered and it isn't clear whether she takes part in the conversation or if she is just politely listening to the guests at Buckingham Palace.

"He's not paying two per cent and he should be paying two per cent", Trump said.

"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", Trump, referring to the target for spending on defence, said during a media availability Wednesday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He had cancelled his final scheduled news conference on Wednesday, saying he would return to Washington, DC earlier than expected.

A five-minute press briefing on Tuesday morning with the Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the USA ambassador's residence in London turned into an nearly hour-long frenzied press conference.

Speaking at the start of the meeting at a luxury resort in Watford, he said: "As long as we stand together, no-one can hope to defeat us".

"I think we recognize that there [is], as we talk to G7 leaders, an interest in where the next G7 meeting is going to be and I was pleased to share with them the story of how that came about, that we are going to be gathering, apparently, in Camp David in the coming year for the G7 meeting", said Trudeau. "We won't be doing a press conference at the close of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation because we did so many over the past two days". Still, Trudeau insisted there is no problem in his relationship with Trump.

On Wednesday morning, as leaders sat down for their first working session, Trudeau sought out Trump, and the two shook hands briefly, but exchanged few words.

Trump called Macron's remark "very insulting", "nasty" and "very disrespectful" on Tuesday.

The NATO summit has been plagued by internal strife and stresses, with Trump continuing to chide NATO member states for not increasing their defense budgets to at least 2 percent of GDP.

Despite Trump's praise for Boris Johnson, Politico reported that the British prime minister was "so keen not to be photographed with the USA president that he did not even greet him at the door when he and wife Melania arrived".

Attorney George Conway, the husband of senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, tweeted that the video of leaders laughing at Trump further showed that he was "the laughing stock of the planet". The poll, commissioned by German news agency DPA, suggests the majority of the German public are in favour of reducing its reliance on United States military. "So I called him out on that and I'm sure he's wasn't happy about that, but that's the way it is".

Co-host Joe Scarborough asserted that Trump lashing out at world leaders who criticized him played into the hands of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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