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NATO Holds Emergency Session Amid Trump Demands

BRUSSELS (AP) - Updated 5:28 a.m. 

U.S. President Donald Trump says the U.S. commitment to NATO "remains very strong" despite reports that he threatened to pull out in a dispute over defense spending.
    
Trump says at a news conference Thursday in Brussels that he told "people" that he would be "very unhappy" if they didn't increase their commitments.
    
Trump says the U.S. has been paying "probably 90 percent of the costs of NATO."
    
Trump adds that he was "extremely unhappy with what was happening and they have substantially upped their commitment."
    
NATO had no immediate comment.
    
Trump once declared NATO "obsolete." He says Thursday: "I believe in NATO."

 


5:09 a.m. 

Two officials at the NATO summit in Brussels say the alliance is meeting in an emergency session amid demands from U.S. President Donald Trump for all members to spend 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense.
    
Officials said that non-members of the alliance had been asked to leave the room early Thursday and that everyone in the room had been told to leave their phones outside.
    


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