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President Obama gives press conference ahead of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit

Posted at 11:49 AM, Nov 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-14 17:12:04-05

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says he can reassure allies of the United States that his successor supports NATO.

Obama made the remark during a news conference just before embarking on his final overseas trip as president. He says on the weeklong tour of Greece, Germany and Peru, he'll relay Donald Trump's "commitment to NATO."

As a candidate for president, Trump complained that other members of the treaty organization did not contribute enough for the protections it affords.

Obama said the reassurance is "one of the most important functions" he can serve during the trip.

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