Non-paying, promise-breaking Germany learns of troop pullout

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
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Chad Groening, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

German tanks on exerciseThousands of American troops could be pulling out of Germany if their Commander in Chief follows through on his plans to reduce our presence there but many oppose the idea.  

President Trump has signed off on a plan to reduce the number of troops stationed in Germany by 9,500, from 34,000 to approximately 25,000, The Military Times reports.

Germany's defense minister suggested Monday that Trump's  plans could weaken not only the NATO alliance but the U.S. itself, and GOP lawmakers have signed a letter to President Trump opposing the move because it could “strengthen the position of Russia” to the “detriment” of the United States.

There is some speculation that Trump’s announcement is a veiled threat to push Germany into meeting the NATO goal of spending two percent of its gross domestic product on defense.

Bob Maginnis, a senior fellow for national security at the Family Research Council, says Germany is currently spending 1.1 percent on defense despite Trump demanding that Germany contribute more to its own defense. 

“And yet they're the richest most powerful nation bar none,” Maginnis says. “The Germans have been recently good hosts over the years, but I will tell you the German people are not necessarily in favor of the United States and, to a certain degree, our presence there."

News headlines from late 2019, almost a half-year ago, report Germany said it was committed to a two percent expenditure on national defense --- by 2031 --- after an agreement to meet the goal by 2024 fell through. 

Germany and other NATO allies agreed to a two-percent bump in 2014, during the Obama administration, but Trump’s message of “America First” has included reminding world leaders that the U.S. if often expected to carry the biggest load.

Maginnis tells OneNewsNow that Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, are “bad actors” in the region who need to be contained, but they are not the biggest threat facing the U.S.

"Do we bring them home? Perhaps,” Maginnis says. “After all, our real struggle I would argue is against the Chinese, and they are ratcheting up their confrontation and their threats virtually every day.”

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