Trump leaves NATO summit after drama-filled visit

JUDY WOODRUFF: It was intended to be a meeting
to celebrate a critical military alliance. But, as special correspondent Ryan Chilcote
reports from London, it was instead divisions on display. RYAN CHILCOTE: NATO leaders may have been
marching to the beat of different drummers yesterday, but all 29 fell in line for this
morning’s group photo to mark the alliance’s 70th anniversary. Pretending NATO is a happy family was never
going to be easy, though, after yesterday’s public airing of grievances and this private
conversation caught on camera among the queen’s daughter and the leaders of the U.K., France,
the Netherlands, and Canada, in which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears to mock the
president. JUSTIN TRUDEAU, Canadian Prime Minister: He
was late because he takes a 40-minute press conference. You just watched his team’s jaws drop to the
floor. RYAN CHILCOTE: They may not been the only
jaws to drop. In yesterday’s meeting, the president openly
questioned whether NATO should defend countries that don’t pay their fair share on defense,
while adding Canada was, in the president’s words, only semi-delinquent. This afternoon, the president was asked about
the candid moment during a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. DONALD TRUMP, President of the United States:
Well, he’s two-faced. And, honestly, with Trudeau, he’s a nice guy. I find him to be a very nice guy. But the truth is that I called him out on
the fact that he’s not paying 2 percent, and I guess he’s not very happy about it. RYAN CHILCOTE: Trudeau denied that. JUSTIN TRUDEAU: I have had a number of good
conversations with the president over the course of this — this day and yesterday. I have a very good relationship with President
Trump and his team. This is a concern the United States legitimately
has, that every country needs to step up in different ways. RYAN CHILCOTE: Two percent is the amount NATO
countries committed to spend on their defense and weapons, like this armored vehicle NATO
has on display here back in 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea. NATO’s 29-member countries have five more
years to reach the target. A handful of them already have. Today, the president dined with them. DONALD TRUMP: Eight countries, plus us, plus
the United States, that are fully paid. They met the goal of 2 percent. We call them the 2 percenters. RYAN CHILCOTE: Germany isn’t a 2 percenter,
but the German chancellor and President Trump had a very civil conversation. Trade did come up. DONALD TRUMP: It’s been a little tough for
the United States. We have had a very bad imbalance for many,
many years, for — for decades, actually. And we’re discussing that right now. RYAN CHILCOTE: President Trump also had an
unscheduled meeting with Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at which news cameras
were not present. After an October phone call, Mr. Trump announced
a U.S. pullout from Northern Syria. Turkey then invaded, and Mr. Trump threatened
Erdogan with economic ruin if he went too far. Mr. Trump spoke later. DONALD TRUMP: And we pulled our soldiers out. We took over the oil. We have soldiers where the oil is. And that’s the way I like it. And they can police their own border. And that’s what they’re doing. They can use other countries if they want,
if they want to spend the time and energy. RYAN CHILCOTE: After two days and well over
two hours of impromptu press conferences, the president tweeted that he’d done enough
and canceled a formal news conference. As he left London, the White House press office
released a triumphant video record of his NATO trip, and the president wished everyone
safe travels, and perhaps good riddance. For the “PBS NewsHour,” I’m Ryan Chilcote
in Watford, England. JUDY WOODRUFF: And late today, as the president
flew home to the U.S., he tweeted: “The fake news media is doing everything possible to
belittle my very successful trip to London for NATO. I got along great with the NATO leaders.”

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