After Trump-Putin Call, Trump To Withdraw Nearly 12,000 U.S. Troops From Germany
Following President Donald Trump’s call with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week, the Pentagon announced on Wednesday that about 6,400 U.S. troops will be coming home from Germany, while another 5,400 will be shifted to other European countries, according to The Star Tribune.
- Trump has long expressed his desire to withdraw troops from Germany, claiming the country is not spending enough on defense.
- The announced plans would leave about 25,000 American troops in Germany.
- Defense officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity said “the moves will cost ‘billions’ and require construction at bases in the U.S. to accommodate the additional forces.”
- The Tribune noted that even members of Trump’s own party have criticized the move, writing that “Twenty-two Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee fired back with a letter to Trump saying a reduced U.S. commitment to Europe's defense would encourage Russian aggression and opportunism.”
- The report also noted that it is unclear whether the plan would remain in place if Trump loses the November election.