June 17, 2020

NATO Allies Push Back at U.S. Order to Pull Troops Out of Germany

Featuring Jim Townsend

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Journalist James Marson

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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Authors

  • Jim Townsend

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Program

    James Joye Townsend Jr. is an adjunct senior fellow in the CNAS Transatlantic Security Program. After eight years as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for European ...