President Trump last week directed the Pentagon to cut the number of US troops stationed in Germany by 9,500, removing about a quarter of the forces in the country. A top German official said it was “unacceptable” — and could impact the longstanding relationship between the NATO allies.
H/T: New York Post
“This is completely unacceptable, especially since nobody in Washington thought about informing its NATO ally Germany in advance,” Peter Beyer, an ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, told the Rheinische Post newspaper, according to Reuters.
“I deeply hope that as a result of the many talks that we had … part of the troops based today in Germany which are being removed by the United States … will indeed come to Poland,” Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told private radio RMF24, Reuters reported. “The decision is now on the US side.”
I applaud President @realDonaldTrump’s move to reduce the size of our military presence in Germany. Our allies must continue to do more to increase their defense spending commitments, & rely less on U.S. military personnel for their national security. https://t.co/wbn4yIlSKd— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) June 6, 2020
“Everyone profits from the alliance sticking together, only Russia and China profit from discord. Washington should pay more attention to that.”https://t.co/8XKw3lwQFK— Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) June 8, 2020
One of the chants from protesters includes: “Fu*k Donald Trump!”. The US president has long been unpopular in Germany pic.twitter.com/YYPnJdJXkl— stephy_burnett (@Stephy_Burnett) June 6, 2020
This is the same @Liz_Cheney who backed a candidate for Congress who advocated for a military coup against @realDonaldTrump.— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) June 7, 2020
Bringing many of our troops home from Germany is a great move by Trump. Germany (and Europe) can provide for their own defense.https://t.co/kGj6uxHcHq
Europe should #StandWithHongKong. But unfortunately, Germany stands in the way. From a recent media report by Spiegel Online we learned that Chancellor Merkel apparently considers Xi Jinping's China a lesser evil in comparison to Trump's America /1https://t.co/tLr89Md6UN— Andreas Fulda (@AMFChina) June 6, 2020