President Trump affirmed Wednesday that he intends to cut the quantity of U.S. powers positioned in Germany, where the overwhelming American military impression was a defense to the Soviet Association and a path station for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Trump said he would generally divide the U.S. troop nearness in Germany to 25,000. He clarified that doing so was a discipline for what he sees as German failings, mostly on its pledge to NATO. Poland, he stated, would pay to have U.S. powers.
“We will lessen Germany generously, down to around 25,000 soldiers,” from more than 50,000 positioned there, Trump said during a Rose Nursery news meeting with Clean President Andrzej Duda, the main remote pioneer to visit the US since the coronavirus pandemic started seething in late Walk.
“Germany’s paying a very small fraction of what they’re supposed to be paying,” Trump said, referring to the commitment among NATO nations to contribute 2 percent of their gross domestic product to trans-Atlantic common defense under the pact.
“That’s a tremendous delinquency,” Trump said.
Germany, the largest economy in Europe, is not close to meeting that standard. According to a NATO report, while having increased its contribution, Germany devoted only 1.38 percent of its GDP to defense spending in 2019.
Trump also has said that Germany, a rich industrial power, should not be underwriting its military defense with U.S. forces stationed on its soil. In Trump’s view, the basing arrangements are free military power for Germany, but in the traditional U.S. military view, they are inexpensive launch points to project U.S. power against a potential Russian threat but also to the volatile Middle East and in Afghanistan.
“Some will be coming home; others will be going to other places in Europe,” Trump said.
A U.S. withdrawal from Germany has been expected, but Trump gave the first full confirmation and hard numbers Wednesday.
He did not mention German Chancellor Angela Merkel by name, but Trump has expressed anger with her for spoiling his plan to invite leaders of the Group of Seven industrial bloc nations to Washington for a showpiece event this month meant to help put the pandemic in the rearview mirror and focus attention on economic recovery. Merkel refused to attend, citing the pandemic, and Trump called off the proposed in-person meeting.
Duda, who has courted Trump and even offered a potential “Fort Trump” military installation in Poland, said he had asked the U.S. leader not to withdraw U.S. forces from Europe.