The President of the United States Donald trump confirmed on 15 June at the briefing, which will reduce the number of American troops in Germany to 25 thousand, reported the newspaper The Hill.
He said Germany – “the offender for many years,” because it is not fulfilling its funding commitments to NATO. According to the American President, Germany needs the Alliance “billions of dollars”, and “she must pay it.”
The stay of the troops, according to trump, “makes no sense” because NATO “protects Germany, and she – the intruder”.
The US President also accused Berlin in a dishonest trade. He said that the US “has suffered in terms of trade suffered against NATO.”
Trump’s statement was the first official confirmation of the planned drawdown of American troops in Germany, about what earlier wrote mass media.
The German Ambassador in the United States Emily Haber confirmed that Berlin is informed about the intention of the American side.
“US troops are not there to protect Germany. They are there to protect transatlantic security”, – quotes its “German wave”.
June 5, the American newspaper the Wall Street Journal first reported that 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.
Foreign Minister of Germany Heiko Maas said that if the intention of the trump to reduce the contingent in Germany to implement, it would not be in the interests of the United States. The Minister admitted that the relations of Germany with the largest partner in NATO now are hard.
The former commander of US ground forces in Europe, Lieutenant General, retired Ben Hodges believes that the main benefit from reducing the American military contingent in Germany will get Russian. He stressed that “the Kremlin did nothing to deserve this gift.”
“Voice of America” said that the NATO countries in 2014, agreed to increase defense spending in response to Russian aggression against Ukraine. It was planned that all NATO members to 2024 will bring its military spending at least 2% of its GDP. 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.