Trump validated reports he was pulling nearly 10,000 soldiers from Germany, stating that Berlin must measure up to its dedications to NATO if they want United States soldiers to remain.
” Germany is … overdue in their payments to NATO,” Trump informed press reporters at the White House on Monday, arguing that Berlin owes “billions” to the alliance. “Why should we be doing what we’re doing if they do not pay?”
There are some 34,500 United States soldiers presently stationed in Germany, and 25,000 would stay following the redeployment.
Berlin knows its ally the United States is ‘thinking about’ reducing its military existence in Germany.
United States media reported recently that Trump was “thinking about” directing the Pentagon to pull out 9,500 soldiers, however, it was uncertain whether the relocation would be irreversible or short-term, or if they would be returning to the United States or going to another NATO nation.
Speculation about Poland being their location was squashed by reports that Washington and Warsaw had not reached any new agreement on the United States’ rights, regardless of the Polish federal government’s public interest.
NATO members promised to increase their military costs to 2 percent of their GDP, a target concurred throughout the Obama administration.
Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer assured back in 2015 that Berlin would strike the two-percent objective by 2031 “at the earliest.”
Donald Trump has actually called this out as inappropriate, implicating the Europeans of freeloading on the United States, who invests practically a trillion dollars every year on the military – and seen its costs increase under the existing president.
United States soldiers have been stationed in Germany since 1945, at first as professional forces after completion of WWII and later on under the NATO umbrella.
Washington continued to preserve this military existence even after the German reunification in 1991 and the total Soviet withdrawal from what became the German Democratic Republic.
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