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    President Donald Trump canceled a news 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 Canadian 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 guidelines. "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.

    Amid the disagreements, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg held a news conference in which he tried to talk up NATO unity, saying that the alliance "was the most successful in history because we've changed as the world has changed."

    Earlier in the day, Stoltenberg also rejected criticism from Macron that the military alliance is suffering from "brain death." He dismissed complaints from Trump that member states are not boosting their NATO military budgets quickly enough and insisted that the organization is adapting to modern challenges. Trump has called it "obsolete."

    "NATO is agile, NATO is active, NATO is adapting," Stoltenberg said before chairing a meeting of the alliance's members at a luxury hotel and golf resort outside London.

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