The U.S. military is withdrawing from Germany because of the country’s insufficient spending on defense, Trump said.
The United States decided to reduce its military presence in Germany because Berlin is not spending enough to support NATO’s collective defense. This was announced by US President Donald Trump on Wednesday, July 29.
“”We are reducing their strength because they don’t pay their bills, everything is simple,” he said.
Earlier, the head of the Pentagon Mark Esper announced the return to the homeland of about 6.4 thousand of the 11.9 thousand military personnel who are withdrawn from Germany. About 5.6 thousand more troops will be redeployed to Italy and Belgium.
It was reported that Trump intends to keep 25,000 troops in Germany.
In turn, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called the reduction of the American contingent unsurprising, describing the relations between the two countries as difficult