Trump orders one in four U.S. troops to leave Germany
Topics: TRUMP U.S. GERMANY
The move would reduce U.S. troop numbers in Germany to 25,000, compared with the 34,500 currently there, a senior U.S. official said.
The official said the move was the result of months of work by America’s top military officer, General Mark Milley, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, and had nothing to do with tensions between Trump and the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, who thwarted Trump’s plan to host a G7 meeting this month.
A second senior administration official said the 9,500 troops would be sent elsewhere: some to Poland, some to other allied countries, and the rest would return home.
The official said there was less need for the large contingent in Germany because of overall increased defence spending by the US-led Nato military alliance.
The second official said the change was ordered in a memorandum signed recently by Trump’s national security adviser, Robert O’Brien.
The official said the United States started working on the plan last September and had just now got the pieces in place. ■