Trump orders thousands of USA troops to withdraw from Germany

Reports on major US troop withdrawal raises concern in Germany

Trump finds himself isolated among allies – U.S. media

Berlin appreciates "the cooperation with the U.S. armed forces that has grown over the decades", and that bond serves "the interest of our two countries", he said. "The federal government should accept it with gratitude and promptly start preparing the complete withdrawal of USA soldiers with the Trump administration", said Dietmar Bartsch.

Mr Maas acknowledged problems in Germany's relationship with the United States, saying: "We are close partners in the transatlantic alliance".

Tobias Lindner, a Green party lawmaker, was cited as recalling Donald Trump's appearances at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summits, where he in numerous instances called out USA allies, including Berlin, for inadequate defence spending, slamming Germany as "a captive to Russia" for adhering to the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project.

Senior lawmakers from German Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling conservative bloc were more critical of the move, which would slash USA forces in Germany by slightly more than a quarter.

President Trump recently directed the Pentagon to move 9,500 troops out of Germany by September, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing government officials.

It also served as another "wake-up call" for Europeans to take more responsibility for their own defence, he said in a statement on Saturday.

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All NATO partners benefited from the cohesion of the alliance, and only Russian Federation and China gain from discord, Wadephul said, adding: "This should be given more attention in Washington".

U.S. Army Paratroopers, assigned to Battery A, 4th Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, load a round into a M119 105mm howitzer during a live fire exercise at the 7th Army Training Command's Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, May 4, 2018. "Putin must be deliriously happy with United States troops in America's streets and USA troops leaving European streets".

Although the American military presence has strongly declined since the end of the Cold War almost three decades ago, Germany remains a crucial hub for U.S. armed forces.

Poland hopes to receive more U.S. troops as a outcome, the country's prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, said on Saturday.

As well as serving as a deterrence to a resurgent Russia, US troops use their German bases to coordinate military operations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

The headquarters for U.S. forces in Europe and Africa are both based in Stuttgart, while the U.S. air base in Ramstein plays a major role in transporting soldiers and equipment to Iraq and Afghanistan. The formal order to begin moving troops has yet to be given but is expected soon.

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