"And I gave a lot of credit to Turkey for that", Trump continued. While there are conflicting views within the alliance over Ankara's invasion of northern Syria and its plan for containing Islamic State, Trump offered support.
Trump got here below heavy criticism for telling Erdogan in an October cellphone name that he would take away U.S. troops from northeastern Syria, giving the Turkish army a gap to launch an operation in opposition to the Kurds.
US President Donald Trump and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan leave the stage after the family photo to head to the plenary session at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit at the Grove hotel in Watford, north-east of London December 4, 2019. Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said in a statement that the agreement was a "huge achievement not only for our country, but for the whole region".
The substance of the summit is thin, with only one three-hour session planned where leaders are expected to sign off on a set of decisions already taken by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation foreign and defence ministers.
Last year, the Western allies' get-together was derailed by US President Donald Trump's demand for greater European defence spending, but 2019's provocateur was France's Emmanuel Macron.More news: NASA Will Attach A 'Robot Hotel' To The International Space Station
"He's two-faced", Trump said of Trudeau during a brief news conference alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday. "I find him to be a very nice guy". And that's the way I like it, ' Trump said.
The dispute with Turkey also had threatened to drive a wedge between allies.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today rejected criticism of a maritime boundary deal with Libya that allows Ankara to claim rights over vast areas coveted by other countries including Greece.
President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he was looking at imposing sanctions on Turkey over its purchase of a Russian missile system, blaming his predecessor for not selling Ankara a USA missile system.
While Western leaders were alarmed that Turkish opposition could derail efforts to deter Russian Federation in eastern Europe, they said there was no chance of siding with Turkey against the forces who spearheaded the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).More news: Jay-Z Puts Entire Catalog Back on Spotify for 50th Birthday
US President Trump met Turkey President Erdogan on the sidelines of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in a one-to-one bilateral meeting. "We will tell them this openly", he said.
"This is unprecedented. And it's making North Atlantic Treaty Organisation stronger", Stoltenberg said.
"The message to Turkey.is we need to move forward on these response plans and it can't be held up by their own particular concerns", Esper said as he flew to London. We support productive cooperation with China, which we also consider to be a rising power.
"We're going to stick to our positions, and I think North Atlantic Treaty Organisation will as well", Esper said.
'We have tripled the size of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defence force which can be reinforced if needed, invested in high end capabilities, stepped up in the fight against terrorism with a new training mission in Iraq and European allies are investing more in defence'.More news: Family of terrorist Usman Khan 'saddened and shocked' as they condemn atrocity
The leaders agreed that meetings in this format should continue.