Trump Approves Cutting 9,500 US Troops From Germany

Bipartisan Senate effort to block troop cuts

President Trump’s plans for Germany were announced again today by the Pentagon, and once again they say the plan is to cut 9,500 US troops from Germany, bringing the current level down to about 25,000.

This seems to be the actual plan this time, after reports that Defense Secretary Mark Esper intended to set out the various options Monday. The Pentagon was not clear on where the troops would be sent.

German officials warned it could do long-term harm to US German relations, and the Senate is already starting a bipartisan effort to mandate a minimum troop level Germany of 34,500, which would preclude any further cuts. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), leading the effort, called the cuts a “gift to Russia.”

Trump has repeatedly complained Germany isn’t spending more money on its military, though polls show Germans oppose any increases to meet US demands. The US troop cuts are not likely to fuel big changes in Germany, as they have no real military threats in the area.

Author: Jason Ditz

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