Daily Memo: US to Pull Troops From Germany

Washington reportedly wants to decrease the number of U.S. troops in Germany by nearly 10,000.

The U.S. draws down. U.S. President Donald Trump reportedly plans to reduce the number of U.S. troops stationed in Germany by 9,500 and cap the number of U.S. servicemembers in the country at 25,000. Currently, there are 34,500 American troops in Germany. The move has not yet been made official; the White House reportedly informed the Pentagon about it in a memo signed by National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien. According to anonymous U.S. officials, the move is not meant to target Germany but rather insufficient defense spending by NATO members in general. It may also be related to plans to increase the number of troops deployed in other U.S. bases abroad, including in Poland. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has already said he would welcome more U.S. troops in his country. Although there has been no official comment from the German government, some German lawmakers and officials from the ruling coalition have criticized the move and said it was made without consultations with NATO allies. German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said early on Monday that she had received no official notification from Washington. The potential reduction certainly raises concerns over the U.S.-Germany relationship and NATO but should not be interpreted […]

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