Boris Johnson rubbishes claims he 'gossiped' about Donald Trump with Nato leaders
4 December 2019, 14:38 | Updated: 4 December 2019, 15:11
Boris Johnson has dismissed claims he was "gossiping" with Nato leaders about Donald Trump as "rubbish".
Hours earlier, the US President announced he was leaving the international occasion, branding Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as "two faced".
Footage from an event in Buckingham Palace last night showed Mr Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron apparently making remarks about Mr Trump.
Johnson said the suggestion he was joining in with a joke and didn't take him seriously "is absolute nonsense, I don't know where that has come from".
When pressed again on the topic, he added: "I really don't know what is being referred to".
In the bruising press conference, Mr Johnson was also pressed on Mr Trump's claims he "doesn't know" Prince Andrew - despite hosting him in the summer and playing a round of golf.
The pair's relationship has been discussed following Prince Andrew's interview about his friendship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
When asked if this claim made the US President "an amnesiac or a serial liar" Mr Johnson further allied himself with Trump, and said: "Frankly, that's one of those good effort to drag in totally extraneous questions.
"This is about strengthening the Nato alliance.
"None of those issues came up in any of the sessions, or to any of my knowledge in any of the bi-lateral meetings that took place."
In a press conference today alongside Angela Merkel, Mr Trump blasted Mr Trudeau as "two-faced" before cancelling further engagements at the Nato meeting, and leaving.
"Well, he’s two-faced,” Mr Trump said of the Canadian prime minister.
His remarks were made over US demands that Canada should contribute more to Nato. Speaking alongside Angela Merkel, he added: ”Honestly, with Trudeau he’s a nice guy, I find him to be a very nice guy.
Great progress has been made by NATO over the last three years. Countries other than the U.S. have agreed to pay 130 Billion Dollars more per year, and by 2024, that number will be 400 Billion Dollars. NATO will be richer and stronger than ever before....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2019
“But you know the truth is that 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.”
Mr Trump continued: “He’s not paying two per cent and he should be paying two per cent. It’s Canada, they have money and they should be paying two per cent, so I called him out on that and I’m sure he wasn’t happy about it but that’s the way it is.
“Look, I’m representing the US and he should be paying more than he’s paying, and he understands it.”
The exact reason why Donald Trump suddenly left the summit has not been made clear, but he claimed on Twitter it was because he didn't want to do any more press conferences.
He tweeted: "Great progress has been made by NATO over the last three years. Countries other than the U.S. have agreed to pay 130 Billion Dollars more per year, and by 2024, that number will be 400 Billion Dollars. NATO will be richer and stronger than ever before.
"Just finished meetings with Turkey and Germany. Heading to a meeting now with those countries that have met their 2% GOALS, followed by meetings with Denmark and Italy.
"When today’s meetings are over, I will be heading back to Washington. 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!"