US to remove 9,500 troops from Germany

The Wall Street Journal reported on June 5 that President Trump directed the Pentagon to permanently reduce the U.S. military presence in Germany by 9,500 troops.  This corresponds to an approximately 27.5-percent troop reduction  and would cap the U.S. military presence in Germany at 25,000. This move is coming just days after German chancellor Angela Merkel rebuffed an invitation from President Trump to attend a G7 leaders summit in Washington later this month.  Politico writes: Trump's withdrawal plan appeared to be less a form of direct retribution for Merkel's G7 decision, but rather a follow-through on previous threats to reduce the U.S. military presence in Germany, which were conveyed by the U.S. ambassador, Ric Grenell, as part of the overall White House criticism of Berlin's military spending as too meager. This assessment is correct.  Ever since he came into office, President Trump has...(Read Full Post)
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