Reports of major United States troop withdrawal raises concern in Germany


According to him, among other things, this is indicated by the fact that the Pentagon has not yet made any official statement in this regard, and it redirects requests from the media to the White House.

Details: The memorandum, reportedly signed on Friday by national security adviser Robert O'Brien, limits the amount of USA service members that can be permanently stationed in Germany at one time to 25,000, according to the WSJ.

"The plans once again show that the Trump administration is neglecting an elementary leadership task: the involvement of alliance partners in decision-making processes", Johann Wadephul, foreign policy spokesman for the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, told Reuters.

Citing U.S. government officials, The Wall Street Journal said in a Friday piece that the move would reduce 9,500 troops from the 34,500 troops that are permanently assigned in Germany.

There was no official confirmation of the reports from either side. "The decision is now on the USA side".

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Trump has long complained about Germany and its role in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance.

Roettgen, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Union bloc who chairs the German parliament's foreign policy committee, was quoted as saying that he couldn't see "any factual reason for the withdrawal" and that US soldiers were welcome in Germany. The American-German spat intensified last month when Chancellor Angela Merkel carefully declined to go to Washington for a G7 top, decreasing President Donald Trump's invite. The U.S. also has thousands of troops based in Grafenwoehr, where the Army has infantry units and a large training center. Representative Liz Cheney said the decision of Trump to withdraw the soldiers was misguided and risky for the stability of the US' interests in Europe given Russia's dominance in the region.

Poland hopes to receive more United States troops as a effect, the country's prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, said on Saturday. For years, the Pentagon had steadily cut force levels in Europe as part of the post Cold War drawdown, but Moscow's 2014 intervention in Ukraine brought renewed military attention to the Continent. In December 2018, former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigned after Trump said he was withdrawing forces involved in the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria.

In an interview with dpa, he said it was "offensive" that US taxpayers must foot the bill for the deployment on German territory while "Germans get to spend their surplus on domestic programmes".