After a video surfaced of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gossiping about President Trump with his French, Dutch, and British colleagues, Trump has fired back. “Well, he’s two-faced,” the American president said about Trudeau when asked about the controversial video.
“Honestly, with Trudeau, he’s a nice guy, I find him a very nice guy,” Trump went on to say. “But you know, the truth is that I called him out on the fact that he’s not paying two percent and I guess he’s not very happy about it… He is not paying two percent and he should pay two percent. It’s Canada, they have money, and they should be paying two percent.”
“So I called him out on that,” Trump continued, “and I’m sure he wasn’t happy about that, but that’s just the way it is.”
“Look, I’m representing the U.S.,” Trump explained to reporters in London. “And he should be paying more than he’s paying. And he understands that. So I can imagine he’s not that happy but that’s the way it is.”
When Trump talks about “two percent” he refers to the agreement NATO members have with each other that all of them will spend at least two percent of their GDP on military matters. However, only a few member states actually do so. Canada is one of the countries that spends less. According to Prime Minister Trudeau himself, his country’s defense spending is 1.4% of its GDP.
However, whenever the United States calls out those member states they respond with great disdain. Why? Because they are convinced that the U.S. will continue to spend whatever is necessary to keep its allies safe. That misplaced confidence was on full display yesterday when Trudeau was caught on camera making jokes about Trump with his fellow leaders from Britain (Boris Johnson), France (Emmanuel Macron), and the Netherlands (Mark Rutte).
As we reported this morning, they’d better hope that Trump doesn’t hold grudges. If he does, they’re in for a whole lot of pain. After all, if America says sayonara to NATO — or at least refuses to bear the financial burden for it year after year — they are in serious trouble. The U.S. can defend itself just fine. Canada and especially Europe not so much.