Trump 'approves plan' to withdraw US troops from Germany

Clay Curtis
June 6, 2020

Likewise, French President Emmanuel Macron, said the article, believed that Trump had damaged European security through his unilateral abandonment of the Iran nuclear deal and almost every arms control agreement with Russian Federation. We always knew Trump would lash out when he is under pressure domestically, but we thought he would first pull out of Afghanistan, an unnamed official was quoted as saying by The Wall Street Journal.

Senior lawmakers from German Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling conservative bloc on Saturday criticised President Donald Trump's decision to order the USA military to remove 9,500 troops from Germany.

This official said there was less need for the large contingent in Germany due to overall increased defense spending by the US -led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance.

The Wall Street Journal says officials in the Trump administration have discussed cutting United States troops in Germany since last September.

Wadephul also spoke of a "further wake-up call" to Europeans to position themselves better in terms of security policy.

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She said they were in stable condition Friday morning and would spend 24 hours in the hospital "for observation". Trump specifically had encouraged the National Guard to be armed.

From the U.S. point of view, the troop withdrawal would make sense, another German official said under the condition of anonymity.

The newspaper says White House National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien has already ordered the troop reduction in a signed memorandum.

Washington in particular does not think Germany spends enough for its own defense.

Germany is no longer on the front line like during the Cold War, but has instead become a hub for United States operations in the Middle East. Dr Merkel's decision to stay away from a Group of Seven meeting that Mr Trump had planned to host in Washington this month had no influence on the planned pullout, the person said. The US is "committed to working with our strong ally Germany to ensure our mutual defence" and other matters. "The federal government should accept it with gratitude and promptly start preparing the complete withdrawal of U.S. soldiers with the Trump administration", said Dietmar Bartsch. There has been American presence in the European nation from the post-World War II era and now, about 34,500 U.S. troops are stationed there.

"Everyone profits from the alliance sticking together, only Russian Federation and China profit from discord".

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