Shortly before the planned trips to Europe by U.S. President Donald Trump, the US stepped up their threats with a partial withdrawal of its troops from Germany. “It is to be expected really offensive that the US taxpayer paid more than 50,000 Americans in Germany, but the Germans use their trade surplus for domestic purposes,” said the U.S. Ambassador in Germany, Richard Grenell, the German press Agency.
Earlier, it was tweeted by the US Ambassador in Poland, Georgette Mosbacher, that: “Poland fulfils its obligation for payment of two percent of GDP compared to the Nato. Germany does not. We would welcome it if American troops were in Germany to Poland.” Trump had brought a deployment of Troops from Germany to Poland in June during a visit of the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda in Washington into the game.
“The U.S. President needs to react,”
Grenell agreed with the two. “President Trump has a right, and Georgette Mosbacher’s right,” he said. “Many presidents have asked the largest economy in Europe, to pay for their own defense. This is a request, which took many years and many governments are supposed to be.” Now it had reached the point where the Americans and the US President would have to respond.
Germany is the country where most of the U.S. troops in Europe are stationed. And after Japan, it is the second largest foreign location of the U.S. armed forces at all. The command centers for the U.S. troops in Europe and Africa in Stuttgart, the main air base of the USA in the Rhineland-Palatinate Ramstein and one of the largest military training grounds in Europe, in the Bavarian town of Grafenwöhr.
a Total of 35.000 US soldiers in Germany. Addition of 17,000 American and 12,000 German civilians employed by the US troops. Tens of thousands more jobs depend on the American armed forces.
Germany is far below Nato-output destination
rumors about a troop reduction from irritation about the German military expenditure has been around longer. But they were denied initially. Grenell announced in September, an increase of 1500 soldiers.
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in the Meantime seems to have the tables turned. Germany is the defence expenditure despite a significant increase, with a target of 1.36 per cent of gross domestic product in the current year, far below the Nato target of two percent. Until 2024, the Federal government wants to achieve, while 1.5 percent. In the medium-term financial planning this is not reflected but. There is 1.24 percent for 2023.
Currently, the Americans are also upset over the clear no Germany to participate in the US military mission for protecting trade ships against Iranian attacks in the Persian Gulf. Also, the US request ground troops for the Anti-IS fight in Syria was promptly cut off. If the “Tornado”reconnaissance aircraft of the German armed forces will remain in Jordan, stationed, is unclear, because the SPD is fighting against it.
Donald Trump makes a bow to Germany
Indicative of the troubled relationship between Germany and the US Trumps Europe-travel plans are at the end of August and beginning of September. The US President is traveling on 24. August first, at the G7 summit in the French seaside resort of Biarritz, where he will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU).
Donald Trump to visit in Poland and Denmark – but why not in Germany?
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Short on Trump power, once again, a bow to Germany: From the 31. August to 3. In September, he visited Denmark and Poland, two countries that are the Central issues in dispute with Germany on the side of the United States. This is especially true for the controversial Nord Stream Baltic sea Pipeline 2 between Germany and Russia.
In Poland is likely to be concretised in addition, the local government’s long-awaited deployment of US troops. Well possible that there is already an announcement of where the troops will be moved there.
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