US President Donald Trump has ordered a reduction in the number of US military personnel stationed in Germany. Free News reported with reference to a senior American official. This information is confirmed by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), also referring to a senior US official.
Currently, 34.5 thousand American military personnel are stationed on the territory of Germany. Trump ordered the Pentagon to reduce it by 9,5 thousand, according to the interlocutors of WSJ.
Also, the head of state ordered to limit the number of American military personnel currently in Germany to 25 thousand people instead of the now allowed 52 thousand.
A WSJ source familiar with Trump’s decision said that the reduction of the military contingent stationed in Germany has been discussed in the White House since September last year and has nothing to do with the decision of German Chancellor Angela Merkel not to participate in the G7 meeting, which Trump wanted to organize in Washington at the end of June.
Last week, the American leader said that he decided to postpone the summit to September and plans to invite Russia to it.
Last summer, Trump allowed an increase in the US contingent in Poland by one and a half times. Then the President said that for this purpose, part of the American military would be transferred from Germany. At a meeting with Trump in Washington, Polish President Andrzej Duda explained the request to send additional US military units to strengthen protections against the “Russian threat.” In 2018, Duda already made a similar request to the United States, promising even to build a particular military base for them at the cost of $ 2 billion, but the White House rejected this idea.