Washington (Reuters): U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said NATO was archaic because it had not defended against terror attacks, but that the military alliance was still very important to him.

“I took such heat, when I said NATO was obsolete," Trump told the media in an interview. "It’s obsolete because it wasn’t taking care of terror. I took a lot of heat for two days. And then they started saying Trump is right."

Trump added that many NATO members were not paying their fair share for U.S. protection.

Trump said, “A lot of these countries aren’t paying what they’re supposed to be paying, which I think is very unfair to the United States. With that being said, NATO is very important to me. There are five countries that are paying what they’re supposed to. Five. It’s not much."