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Obama, Frustrated With Allies, Calls Out 'Free Riders'

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    In this file photo, President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. Obama expressed frustration with America's allies in an interview with The Atlantic published online on March 10, 2016.

    President Barack Obama is frustrated with America's allies who turn to the United States for assistance but don't always want to help shoulder the burden — financial or otherwise — of dealing with urgent global threats. 

    In an interview with The Atlantic, Obama said he warned Great Britain that it would no longer have a "special relationship" with the U.S. if it did not start spending at least 2 percent of its GDP on defense.

    "Free riders aggravate me," the president said in a wide-ranging interview that was published online Thursday and will be featured in the magazine's April issue.

    Obama also called out France and questioned America's relationship with Saudi Arabia.