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Disputes roil military alliance on 70th anniversary

LONDON – President Donald Trump cancelled a press conference at a NATO leaders’ meeting in London on Wednesday amid public infighting between some of the military alliance’s biggest member countries, including sharp exchanges with France’s leader Emmanuel Macron and biting comments aimed at Canada’s leader. 

Taking questions after a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump called Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “two-faced,” adding that he “called him out” on the fact that Canada is not spending 2% of its GDP on defense spending, as required by NATO rules. “I guess he’s not very happy about it,” Trump said. 

Trump tweeted that he was calling off the news conference in London “because we did so many over the past two days.” But the timing was unusual, and could be a further sign of the political strains that have come to the fore here. It also comes after Trudeau was shown in a video with other NATO leaders appearing to mock the U.S. president.