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World Pentagon chief Esper wants to inform Trump about US troop withdrawal plan on Monday

17:16  27 june  2020
17:16  27 june  2020 Source:   ksta.de

Possible withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan?: NATO fears that Trump will go it alone

 Possible withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan?: NATO fears that Trump will go it alone The announcements by US President Donald Trump are causing unrest in NATO. More unpredictable decisions are feared before the November elections. © Photo: Alex Brandon / AP / dpa Donald Trump, President of the USA, arrives in the East Hall of the White House. The US plans for an withdrawal of thousands of soldiers from Germany fuel NATO's concern about even more serious solo efforts by the most powerful ally.

The White House's plan to withdraw thousands of US troops from Germany is emerging as a new point of tension between the President and top Pentagon leaders, including Defense Secretary Mark Esper , who has avoided criticizing the move publicly but has significant concerns about it

U . S . Defense Secretary Mark Esper is trying to reassure NATO allies that Washington will consult them on any future troop movements, after President Donald Trump surprised his partners by announcing the withdrawal of thousands of personnel from Germany.

Nach dem angekündigten Abzug tausender US-Soldaten aus Deutschland will Pentagon-Chef Mark Esper bei einem Treffen mit Präsident Donald Trump am Montag einen konkreten Plan für das weitere Vorgehen präsentieren. © 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. The Defense Secretary would "present options to our President in the White House about our military position in Germany," a Pentagon spokesman said in Washington on Saturday.

According to two high-ranking Pentagon employees, the plan is to reduce the number of troops permanently stationed in Germany - as announced by Trump - to 25,000. That would mean a withdrawal of around 9500 soldiers. Some are said to be returning to the US, others to be sent to Eastern Europe. Trump wants to send a clear signal to Russia's President Vladimir Putin, who had expanded his military presence in Europe with the annexation of the Crimean peninsula to Ukraine in 2014.

Ex-General: US would weaken with troop withdrawal

 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.

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon recently began drawing up plans for an abrupt withdrawal of all When Defense Secretary Mark Esper was asked during a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Monday Trump has made clear to his advisers that he wants to pull all U . S . troops out of Afghanistan by the

U . S . Defense Secretary Mark Esper is trying to reassure NATO allies that Washington will consult them on any future troop movements, after U . S . Secretary of Defense Mark Esper , left, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg participate in a joint press conference at NATO headquarters in

Trump will be presented on Monday, among other things, in which countries the troops should be sent. This has not yet been decided. However, the US president said on Wednesday that he would "probably" station soldiers in Poland.

However, the majority will be used on a rotation basis, said the two senior Pentagon employees who did not want to be named. A rotation system offers more flexibility and is therefore less predictable for Russia. The time frame in which Washington plans to implement the troop reduction is still open four months before the presidential election in the United States.

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Democratic senator blocks 1,123 military promotions over impeachment witness .
Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, who was an expert of Ukraine at the National Security Council, is expected to be promoted to full colonel.Duckworth said she is seeking written confirmation from Esper that "he did not, or will not, block the expected and deserved promotion" of Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, who testified before House investigators during their impeachment inquiry into Mr. Trump's dealings with Ukraine, to full colonel.

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