Donald Trump confirmed Monday, June 15, to reduce the number of american soldiers in Germany from 52 000 to 25 000. The main anchor of the american forces abroad represents “a huge cost for the United States,” according to the american president.
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The number of soldiers deployed permanently in Germany was, in fact, only 34 674 in march 2020, according to official figures from the Pentagon. But this figure can climb exceptionally up to 52 000 during rotations or military exercises. The american bases in Germany are a stopover point for forces deployed in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, which can temporarily inflate the numbers.
Germany hosts the largest number of american soldiers in Europe
The first information about this project to the administration Trump had sown the concern in Berlin when they had been published by the Wall Street Journal at the beginning of the month. The figure announced by Mr. Trump Monday is, in fact, the estimates of the log, which evoked a reduction of 9 500 soldiers to wear their number at 25,000.
Even if the military personnel has declined since the cold War, Germany welcomes more u.s. soldiers than any other european country, a legacy of the allied occupation after the Second world War. But today, Donald Trump believes that Germany is not contributing enough to the Nato budget. “Germany has a backlog, it’s been years that they have arrears and they have billions of dollars of Nato, and they need to pay “, he said, calling this position” ridiculous “.
He also accused Germany of profiting financially from the us military presence. “What are soldiers are well paid. They live in Germany, they spend tons of money in Germany “, he explained. “All around these bases, it is very rich. Germany benefits from it. “
But the us president has also criticized the first economic power of the european Union “treated very badly “ the United States in commercial matters.
The u.s. Congress is concerned about ” the aggression and opportunism of the Russian federation “
The u.s. Congress expressed concern that such a reduction of the workforce signals a us commitment to lower in the european defence within the Nato framework. This decision “encourage more aggression and opportunism of the Russian federation “deplored last week’s 22 elected republicans in an open letter. “We are convinced that the Nato allies, for example, Germany, should contribute further to our common efforts of defence “have estimated these elected officials serving on the commission of the armed Forces of the House of representatives. “At the same time, we also know that the parking advanced american forces since the end of the Second world War has helped to prevent another world war, and has mostly enhanced the security of the United States “, they added.
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Relationships of Donald Trump with Angela Merkel, who have never been famous, are somewhat strained since the German chancellor has declined the invitation of the american president to attend a G7 summit in June, due to the pandemic of Covid-19. The billionaire republican, who has one eye fixed on the presidential election of November 3, wished to make its global leadership in the front with a G7 summit in Washington. After the refusal of Ms. Merkel, it has postponed the summit, announcing its intent to invite Russia.