Published: Sun, July 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

No plan for U.S. troops to leave Germany: White House

No plan for U.S. troops to leave Germany: White House

President Donald Trump and his U.S. delegation intend to raise the issues of arms control, Ukraine, Syria and election meddling during their meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a senior administration told reporters Thursday.

The Pentagon is already reviewing the impact of withdrawing some of the 35,000 active-duty American troops in Germany, The Washington Post reported last month.

"And it's in Europe's direct interest to upgrade our defence posture, as our economies, heavily reliant on access to worldwide markets, will be affected if we can't guarantee security for that access as well as put out potential fires in future markets".

European leaders are reportedly nervous that President Donald Trump will make good on his campaign promise to withdraw US troops from the continent if host countries fail to pay their fair share for defense.

"There is nothing being said at all about the troop alignment in Germany or anything that would change the 32,000 troop force that we have in Germany", said a senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Trump accused Merkel of pursuing oil and gas deals with Russian Federation that provide Moscow with "billions and billions of dollars" while looking to the United States to protect Germany from Russia's military. He referred to Chancellor Angela Merkel, saying: "And I said, 'You know, Angela, I can't guarantee it, but we're protecting you and it means a lot more to you than protecting us 'cause I don't know how much protection we get by protecting you". Last month, he abruptly refused to sign a joint statement with the G-7, the world's largest economies, following a meeting in Canada.

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Europeans should spend more on defense.

Still, Trump has repeatedly threatened to punish countries if they don't spend enough on defense, even suggesting the US may not protect them if they don't pay their fair share.

Poland, Romania and the Baltic nations of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have been asking the USA for additional troops for several years.

Germany has committed to raising its military spending to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation goal of 2 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at some point after 2024.

Asked about the letter, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that it was "not an isolated action" and that the wider trend of Washington lobbying for more defense spending from European allies was problematic for Moscow.

According to Pew Research Data, more than 60,000 US troops are now stationed in Europe, including 35,000 in Germany, 12,000 in Italy, 8,500 in Britain, and 3,300 in Spain, with thousands more rotating into other European countries as needed.

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