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US News US military: German politicians criticize the USA for possible troop withdrawal

01:45  07 june  2020
01:45  07 june  2020 Source:   sueddeutsche.de

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Two conservative German lawmakers have criticized the reported U . S . decision to withdraw more than a quarter of American troops stationed In an interview published Saturday by Germany 's Funke Media Group, lawmaker Norbert Roettgen said such a troop withdrawal would be “very regrettable.”

US president stuns NATO allies, including Germany , with unilateral move seen as benefit to Russia. A cut of US # troop presence would be deplorable. German chancellor says politicians should work to bring people together, but declines to say whether US leader is doing so.

Soldaten auf dem Truppenübungsplatz in Grafenwöhr in Bayern. Etwa 34 500 US-Militärs sind dauerhaft in Deutschland stationiert. (Archivbild) © imago images / R. Wittek soldiers on the military training area in Grafenwoehr in Bavaria. Around 34,500 U.S. military personnel are stationed permanently in Germany. (Archive picture)

Trump apparently wants to withdraw 9500 US military personnel from Germany. "There is no objective reason," he said, for example, said Norbert Röttgen. The left, however, welcomes the plan.

German politicians criticize the USA for possible troop withdrawal

US President Donald Trump has ordered, according to his government, the rapid withdrawal of thousands of US soldiers from Germany. 9,500 of the 34,500 US military personnel currently stationed in Germany would be withdrawn by September, a government official said in Washington on Friday. Some of the soldiers will be transferred to Poland and other countries by allies, and some will return to the United States.

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BERLIN (AP) — Two conservative German lawmakers have criticized the reported U . S . decision to withdraw more than a quarter of American troops Johann Wadephul, the deputy chairman of the Union's parliamentary caucus, said the U . S . decision to withdraw troops without consulting with its

A US tank is unloaded at the German port of Bremerhaven in preparation for military exercises in February 2020. Donald Trump’s plans to withdraw more than a third of the US troops stationed in Germany have been criticised in the country by conservatives and welcomed by leftwing politicians .

The Wall Street Journal reported that the decision was also related to Trump's anger at what he considered to be low German military spending. The US troops are stationed in several federal states in Germany - most in Rhineland-Palatinate and Bavaria.

There were initially no comments from the Federal Foreign Office or the Ministry of Defense. "I cannot see a factual reason for the withdrawal," criticized Norbert Röttgen (CDU), the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Bundestag, regarding the Funke media group. Union faction vice Johann Wadephul saw in the plans on Saturday a further wake-up call to the Europeans to take their fate more decisively in their own hands. "The plans show once again that the Trump administration is neglecting an elementary leadership role: involving the allies in decision-making processes," said Wadepuhl.

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 Kramp-Karrenbauer - USA has not confirmed alleged troop withdrawal plans © Reuters / POOL Media briefing at the Chancellery in Berlin Berlin (Reuters) - Secretary of Defense Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is reluctant to think about the US government's withdrawal of thousands of soldiers from Germany . There is no official confirmation from the American authorities, she said in Berlin on Monday. The Federal Government had only heard of such considerations from the press.

Two conservative German lawmakers have criticized the reported U . S . decision to withdraw more than a quarter of American troops stationed In an interview published Saturday by Germany 's Funke Media Group, lawmaker Norbert Roettgen said such a troop withdrawal would be “very regrettable.”

Expanding US troop presence is all about reinforcing “the eastern flank of NATO,” Morawiecki said, stopping short of invoking the well-worn ‘Russian threat’. I think Germany understands that geopolitics is changing, that we need to strengthen the eastern part of NATO.

There was also criticism from the opposition: "Those who act in this way cannot act in Brussels with the attitude of reminding allies of their obligations," said the Greens' defense policy chief Tobias Lindner, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung . President Trump acts like a "transatlantic ghost driver". "Presumably, the President of the United States does not even know that Germany is the focal point of logistics and medical care for the US Army - also and especially for operations in the Middle East," said FDP defense spokeswoman Marie -Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, the newspaper.

Left: "Must be seen as an opportunity"

The Left Party welcomed the US announcement against it. "The US troop withdrawal must be seen as an opportunity," tweeted parliamentary leader Dietmar Bartsch. "The federal government should accept it thanks and prepare a full withdrawal of the US soldiers with the Trump administration in a timely manner." The US atomic bombs should then also leave Germany.

Partial withdrawal of American troops stationed in Germany: Berlin tempers

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The move would reduce US troops numbers in Germany to 25,000, from 34,500. Senior lawmakers from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling conservative bloc on Saturday criticized President Donald Trump’s decision to order the U . S . military to remove 9,500 troops from Germany .

Two conservative German lawmakers have criticized the reported U . S . decision to withdraw more than a quarter of American troops stationed In an interview published Saturday by Germany 's Funke Media Group, lawmaker Norbert Roettgen said such a troop withdrawal would be "very regrettable.”

The defense policy spokesman for the SPD, Fritz Felgentreu, initially appeared calm on Twitter: "The United States can decide how it makes sense for them. The topic is not suitable for building up pressure." The exciting question is where the soldiers are going. "Home or further east?"

According to information from the US government, the decision to withdraw is based on months of work by Chief of Staff Mark Milley. Another government official told Reuters that the move had recently been approved by Trump's National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien. The US had started to develop a plan in September and has now completed its strategy. Trump has repeatedly criticized Germany for not investing enough money in NATO. The members of the military alliance have agreed to increase their respective defense budgets towards two percent of economic output by 2024.

About a year ago, Trump had said he would move 1,000 or 2,000 soldiers to Poland who might be withdrawn from Germany. These should serve as protection against Russia in Poland.

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