President Donald Trump on Thursday reaffirmed his commitment to the NATO alliance after he claimed member nations caved to his demands by making significant pledges to increasing defense spending.
"The United States' commitment to NATO remains very strong," Trump told reporters at a surprise news conference following an emergency session of NATO members held to address his complaints.
Trump has berated members of the alliance for failing to spend enough of their money on defense, accusing Europe of freeloading off the U.S. and raising doubts about whether he would come to members' defense if they were attacked.
Trump said he made his anger clear to allies on Wednesday.
"Yesterday I let them know that I was extremely unhappy with what was happening," Trump said, adding that, in response, European countries agreed to up their spending.
Not true, said French President Emmanuel Macron.
"There is a communique that was published yesterday. It's very detailed," he said, adding: "It confirms the goal of 2 percent by 2024. That's all."
He also denied reports that Trump threatened to withdraw the U.S. from NATO in the funding dispute.
NATO countries in 2014 committed to spending 2 percent of their gross domestic products on defense by 2024, but NATO has estimated that only 15 members, or just over half, will meet the benchmark by 2024 based on current trends.
Earlier Thursday, Trump called out U.S. allies on Twitter as he attended a second day of meetings with leaders of the military alliance.
In a series of tweets from Brussels, Trump said "Presidents have been trying unsuccessfully for years to get Germany and other rich NATO Nations to pay more toward their protection from Russia."