The United States Decides to Withdraw More Than 12,000 Troops From Germany

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The United States Decides to Withdraw More Than 12,000 Troops From Germany
President Trump and the First Lady Visit Troops in Germany The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

On Wednesday, the U.S. showed its concern towards repositioning its troops appointed in Germany. Reports consider this decision as a “strategic” approach of shifting the troops to Europe. 

To be precise, around 6,400 troops will be sent back home whereas others will be appointed to several Nato countries including- Belgium and Italy. On this, the German officials have shown their concern. 

Soon after the announcement, President Donal Trump told the reports at the White House- “We don’t want to be the suckers anymore,” Source: BBC. 

He continued and stated- “We’re reducing the force because they’re not paying their bills; it’s very simple.” Source: BBC. 

For a long time, the President of the United States has been complaining that the European Nato Members must spend some more time towards their own defence management. Further, he said that the Nato members should remain capable enough to be handling their own defence affairs rather than relying on the U.S. forces. 

While on the other hand, Mark Esper, the Defence Secretary, used a different tone and gestures to announce this decision. He said that the decision is a part of suggesting a new plan for the border areas to reposition the U.S. forces. 

He continued and said that it was “a major strategic and positive shift” that would “unquestionably achieve the core principles of enhancing the U.S. and Nato deterrence of Russia”. Source: BBC. 

After the full-fledged implementation of this strategy, the United States’s military force will reduce by 25% in Germany. This shift will cost the U.S. government several billion dollars. 

Mark said that a squadron of fighter jets would be shifted to Italy whereas a military troop will be relocated to Portland. 

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Source: BBC