U.S. allies in Europe are cautiously pushing against President Trump’s order to withdraw thousands of American troops from Germany by arguing that the U.S. needs them there as much as Europe does.
In a sign of the issue’s sensitivity, it was barely mentioned Wednesday at a long-planned meeting by video link of defense ministers from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization that included U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper.
Mr. Esper spoke of U.S. commitment to Europe and said it would consult with allies over plans, according to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and diplomats present. A Pentagon spokesman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
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