Trump approves cutting 9,500 troops in Germany: Pentagon
President Donald Trump has permitted a plan to slash the U.S. navy presence in Germany by 9,500 troops, the Defense Department mentioned Tuesday.
Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman mentioned the transfer, which has sparked considerations in Berlin and in the NATO alliance, is to redeploy the troops and can “enhance Russian deterrence, strengthen NATO, (and) reassure allies,” in addition to bettering U.S. strategic flexibility.
The transfer will reduce the present troop stage in Germany from about 34,500 to 25,000, Mr. Trump’s said purpose.
Mr. Hoffmann gave no particulars on when the reductions would occur or whether or not the troops could be redeployed to a different NATO nation.
He mentioned the Pentagon will temporary Congress on the plan “in the coming weeks” after which seek the advice of allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization “on the way forward.”
Pentagon officers say that if the discount takes place, a few of the troops might be despatched to former Eastern Bloc international locations — some on a everlasting foundation however most in short-term rotations — to ship a message to Moscow.
Worries about attainable Russian expansionism surged in NATO international locations after Moscow despatched troops in 2014 to grab the Crimea area from Ukraine.
While Polish chief Andrzej Duda visited Washington final week, Mr. Trump mentioned a few of the US troops might go to Poland.
“Some will be coming home and some will be going to other places. Poland would be one of those other places,” he mentioned.
Mr. Trump mentioned earlier this month he was cutting troops on account of unhappiness with Germany.
On June 15, two weeks after Chancellor Angela Merkel mentioned she wouldn’t attend a Trump-planned G7 summit due to the coronavirus pandemic, Mr. Trump complained Berlin will not be spending sufficient by itself protection and treats the United States “badly” on commerce.
“We’re negotiating with them on that, but right now I’m not satisfied with the deal they want to make. They’ve cost the United States hundreds of billions of dollars over the years on trade, so we get hurt on trade and we get hurt on NATO.”
“It’s a tremendous cost to the United States,” he mentioned. “So we’re removing a number down to, we’re putting the number down to 25,000 soldiers.”