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While speaking to coalition members and senior U.S. commanders at MacDill Air Force Base this afternoon, Trump said that his administration is behind NATO, an alliance he called "obsolete" days before his inauguration.

We strongly support NATO. We only ask that all of the NATO members make their full and proper financial contributions to the NATO alliance, which many of them have not been doing. Many of them have not been even close.— President Donald Trump

Trump's remarks follow his Sunday conversation with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, where the two discussed "how to encourage all NATO allies to meet their defense spending commitments," according to a White House statement. Trump agreed during the meeting that he will attend a NATO leaders' meeting in Brussels in May.

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