Posted by 29 July 2020
Thousands of U.S. troops will soon begin leaving Germany. This comes after continued complaints by President Trump that Germany is not contributing enough to NATO.
The 11,900 troops will leave Germany as part of the move to re-locate the U.S. European Command to Belgium. Around 5,600 of those troops will go to Belgium or elsewhere in Europe, but the rest will return to the U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said this would cost "several billion dollars."
President Trump has repeatedly faulted Germany for not increasing its defense budget and contributing more to NATO. He cites the nation's failure to reach the NATO goal of every member nation contributing 2% of its GDP to defense. According to Trump, "We’re reducing the force because they’re not paying their bills. It’s very simple. They’re delinquent."
Both Democrats and Republicans in Congress, as well as NATO Secretary Jens Stoltenberg, are decrying the move, however. They argue that this will lead to a loss of U.S. influence in Europe, giving Vladimir Putin exactly what he wants. They also note that Germany is not delinquent in any sense on NATO dues, and that the country has committed to meeting NATO's 2% spending goal.
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