If the intention of the White House to reduce troop contingent in Germany will be realized, it would not be in the interests of the United States. This opinion in an interview with Bild am Sonntag, which was released on 7 June, stated the Minister of foreign Affairs of Germany Heiko Maas.
According to him, in Berlin appreciate the decades of cooperation with the United States in the defense sphere and take note of the withdrawal, if it takes place. The Minister admitted that the relations of Germany with the largest partner in NATO now are hard.
June 5 The Wall Street Journal reported that US President Donald trump has directed the Pentagon to reduce the number of American military in Germany at 9.5 thousand by September 2020. Now in Germany is constantly 34.5 thousand American soldiers.
Officially, the document is not yet published.
Trump not once criticized the allies for the lack of funding NATO. He argued that Germany pays contributions equal to 1% of its GDP, and US 4%. In 2018, the American President threatened to withdraw from the Alliance.