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Politics Trump approves Pentagon plan to move 9,500 troops out of Germany

01:30  01 july  2020
01:30  01 july  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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 Ex-General: US would weaken with troop withdrawal Former US troop commander in Europe, Ben Hodges, described the US government plans under President Donald Trump to reduce troops in Germany as a weakening of the US and NATO as a whole . © Photo: Nicolas Armer / dpa The former commander of US troops in Europe, Ben Hodges, speaks in the Storck barracks in Illesheim, Bavaria. «I heard that this should be a punishment for Germany.

US President Donald Trump has approved a plan to withdraw 9 , 500 American troops from bases in Germany by Meanwhile, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said he hoped some of the troops moved out of On Friday, Mr Trump directed the Pentagon to permanently remove what would amount to

US President Donald Trump has approved the Pentagon 's plan for withdrawing 9 , 500 troops from Germany after Trump said the country was failing to live up to its spending obligations as a NATO partner.

President Trump has approved a Pentagon plan to fulfill his order to move 9,500 U.S. troops out of Germany, the Defense Department said Tuesday.

a man in a military vehicle: Trump approves Pentagon plan to move 9,500 troops out of Germany © The Hill Trump approves Pentagon plan to move 9,500 troops out of Germany

Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement that Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley briefed Trump on plans Monday to "redeploy" the troops.

"The proposal that was approved not only meets the president's directive, it will also enhance Russian deterrence, strengthen NATO, reassure allies, improve U.S. strategic flexibility and U.S. European Command's operational flexibility, and take care of our service members and their families," Hoffman said.

Trump confirms plan to slash U.S. troop presence in Germany; some ‘probably’ will relocate to Poland

  Trump confirms plan to slash U.S. troop presence in Germany; some ‘probably’ will relocate to Poland President Trump made clear the move was made to punish Germany, host to more than 50,000 U.S. forces and the hub of a Cold War military bulwark in Europe, for not shouldering more of the cost for NATO defense.

US troops at a military training area in Grafenwöhr in Germany earlier this year. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images. British politicians and European military experts have warned that Donald Trump ’s decision to withdraw 9 , 500 troops from Germany risks handing a strategic advantage to the

Trump ' approves plan ' to cut US troops in Germany . Last week's announcement of plans to withdraw 9 , 500 US troops from Germany was a surprise to many. US President Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to slash the number of troops it maintains in Germany by more than a quarter

Pentagon leaders will brief congressional defense committees on the plan "in the coming weeks," followed by consultations with NATO allies, Hoffman added.

"We will be providing timely updates to potentially affected personnel, their families and communities as planning progresses," Hoffman said.

The statement did not say where the troops would go, but Trump indicated last week some would move to Poland while others would come back to the United States.

"Some will be coming home, and some will be going to other places. But Poland would be one of those other places, other places in Europe," Trump said after a meeting at the White House with Polish President Andrzej Duda.

National security adviser Robert O'Brien has also argued in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that forces are needed in the Indo-Pacific region.

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 Pentagon chief Esper wants to inform Trump about US troop withdrawal plan on Monday © Virginia Mayo After the announced withdrawal of thousands of US soldiers from Germany, Pentagon chief Mark Esper wants a concrete plan for the future at a meeting with President Donald Trump on Monday Present procedure. After the announced withdrawal of thousands of US soldiers from Germany, Pentagon chief Mark Esper wants to present a concrete plan for further action at a meeting with President Donald Trump on Monday.

Trump announces plan to slash troops in Germany over NATO funding. On Wednesday, Trump announced that he planned to withdraw tens of thousands of US troops from Germany — accusing the European nation of taking advantage of his administration by not paying its fair share to NATO.

According to two senior Pentagon officials, the plan calls for cutting the permanent US troop presence in Germany Some of the 9 , 500 will return to the US, while others will be transferred to former Soviet-bloc The two officials did not say to which European country the troops might be moved , as that is

Trump abruptly announced earlier this month that he planned to reduce the U.S. troop presence in Germany from 34,500 to 25,000. Germany is home to the headquarters for U.S. European and Africa commands.

Trump has cast the move as a response to Germany not meeting NATO's goal of spending at least 2 percent of gross domestic product on defense. NATO allies agreed in 2014 to meet the goal by 2024.

"Germany is paying a very small fraction of what they're supposed to be paying," Trump said last week, accusing Berlin of "tremendous delinquency."

The plan has sparked a fierce bipartisan pushback, with lawmakers arguing a drawdown would undermine U.S. alliances, be a gift to Russia and diminish a cost-effective hub for operations around the globe.

"The president has a way of simply unilaterally saying we're pulling them out, and then they backfill the plan. I think that is very problematic," House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) told reporters Tuesday.

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President Donald Trump has directed the Pentagon to pull thousands of US troops out of Germany , the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The planned withdrawal would reduce the US troop presence in Germany by 9 , 500 and cap the total number of US troops in country at 25,000, The WSJ reported

President Trump has directed the Pentagon to remove thousands of American troops from Germany by September, a move that would dramatically reshape the U.S

"The way they pitched it to us was that we're not taking troops out of Europe, we wish to reposition them to more forward positions," Smith added. "It is possible that there is a scenario where repositioning troops out of Germany is in our national security interests. The president has not made that case to date. The [Defense Department] has not made that case. And the president is doing it in a very haphazard manner."

The House committee is expected to consider an amendment limiting Trump's ability to withdraw from Germany when it considers the annual defense policy bill on Wednesday.

A bipartisan group of senators has also introduced an amendment to the upper chamber's version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would put limits on Trump's ability to pull out from Germany.

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