Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday played down a video of him discussing United States President Donald Trump with other world leaders attending a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in London, saying that he had been surprised but happy with events at a bilateral meeting earlier in the day.
Asked if the NHS should be on the table in trade talks, Mr Trump said: "No, not at all, I have nothing to do with it".
A day earlier, Trump told journalists in a wide-ranging news conference that he's confident Canada will boost its military spending, and jokingly called Canada "slightly delinquent" when it comes to meeting NATO's target for spending. I find him to be a nice guy, but the truth is I called him out on the fact that he's not paying 2 percent [of national GDP towards defence] and I guess he's not very happy about it.
Conservative foreign affairs critic Erin O'Toole criticized the prime minister on Twitter, saying: "I am taking the side of comporting oneself with professionalism on the world stage when you represent more than just yourself".
"He should be paying more than he's paying". And he understands it. So I can imagine he's not that happy. "But that's the way it is".
In a press conference on Tuesday, Trump sarcastically praised Macron for "one of the greatest non-answers I have ever heard" after the U.S. leader asked him if he'd like to take "some nice ISIS fighters" into France.
"He was late because he takes a 40-minute press conference at the top", Trudeau responds.
The leaders do not use Trump's name, but the US president took dozens of questions from journalists on Tuesday during impromptu news conferences at the starts of his individual meetings with Macron, Trudeau and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.
A misery-loves-company moment involving Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron and the U.K.'s Boris Johnson, among others, has gone viral since it was captured on video during a reception at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday night.
In his press conference Wednesday, Trudeau explained this part of the conversation as having been a reference to the reaction political staff have to unscheduled announcements.
Trump called Trudeau "two-faced" after a video surfaced of Trudeau talking with other world leaders about Trump's team's jaws dropping "to the floor" during an impromptu news conference with the two leaders.
The surprisingly gentle rebuke - at least by Trump's standards - follows concerns Trudeau's comments could result in a backlash against Canada from the president, who only this week blasted French President Emmanuel Macron.
"I think people know that the relationship between Canada and the United States is deep and goes far beyond the relationship between prime minister and the president, although I will say, as you know all know, we have a very good and constructive relationship between me and the president", said Trudeau.
Trudeau was not the only world leader Trump railed at during his trip to London.