Trump approves plan to withdraw 9,500 troops from Germany
WASHINGTON: The Unite States President, Donald Trump has approved a plan to withdraw nine thousand and five hundred American troops from bases in Germany.
A spokesman of Pentagon said the move would reduce the number of US troops stationed in Germany from about 34,500 to 25,000.
President Trump has previously accused Germany of not contributing enough to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
Six senators from both the leading national political parties, including Senator Lindsey Graham have spoken against this move. They said they would stop Trump from withdrawing troops from Germany.
“At a time when the US and our European allies must continue to stand hand in hand in deterring malign influences, it is in our national security interest, as well as in the interest of our allies and partners, to continue our presence in Germany,” Senator Rubio said.
“The withdrawal of US troops from Germany would be a gift to Russia, and that’s the last thing we should do. Not to mention it threatens US national security and undermines our NATO alliance,” former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney he said.