June 15, 2020

Trump threatens to reduce US troop numbers in Germany

Source: Financial Times

Journalists: Demetri Sevastopulo, Katrina Manson

President Donald Trump said he would reduce the number of US troops in Germany to 25,000 unless the country spent more on defence, in a move that threatens to further strain the transatlantic security alliance.

Mr Trump said he had taken the decision, which would cut the US presence by more than 9,000 troops, because Germany had not sufficiently boosted its financial contribution to the Nato security alliance.

“Germany as you know is . . . delinquent in their payments to Nato,” Mr Trump told reporters at the White House. “They owe Nato billions . . . Why should we be doing what we’re doing if they don’t pay?”

Read the full article and more in The Financial Times.


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    Richard Fontaine is the Chief Executive Officer of CNAS. He served as President of CNAS from 2012–19 and as Senior Fellow from 2009–12. Prior to CNAS, he was foreign policy ad...