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United States Announces Germany Troop Withdrawal; NATO Responds : June 15, June 16, and July 29, 2020

United States Announces Germany Troop Withdrawal; NATO Responds
Linda Grimm

In the summer of 2020, President Donald Trump announced the United States would reduce its long-time military presence in Germany by about half. Trump linked the decision to his frustrations with North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member cost-sharing agreements, saying that U.S. troops would be deployed elsewhere until Germany made good on its commitments to increase its own defense spending. U.S. defense secretary Mark Esper and other administration officials claimed the repositioning of troops would provide greater flexibility to better counter emerging threats. Both German and NATO officials offered a relatively muted response to ...

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