by WorldTribune Staff, July 30, 2020
President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that he was shifting 12,000 troops out of Germany to other NATO allies and stateside.
Trump said he would reconsider his position if Germany begins “paying their bills.”
U.S. troops are “there to protect Europe,” the president said. “They’re there to protect Germany, right? And Germany is supposed to pay for it. Germany is not paying for it. … We don’t want to be suckers anymore. The United States has been taken advantage of for 25 years, both on trade and on the military. We’re protecting Germany. So we’re reducing the force because they’re not paying their bills. It’s very simple: they’re delinquent.”
Trump’s plan involves moving the headquarters of U.S. European Command from Germany to Belgium, in addition to shifting 5,400 troops to other NATO allies. He said 6,400 troops will return to the United States.
“You have eight out of the 28 countries that are paid up,” Trump said. “I got them to pay $130 billion a year more going up to $400 billion. Most of them will be up to date. It wasn’t easy, but most of them will be up to date. The one that won’t be up to date is Germany. And we spend a lot of money on Germany. They take advantage of us on trade and they take advantage on the military. So we’re reducing the force.”