Rachel Maguire Rachel Maguire Jul 29, 2020
  • The United States USA will bring 6,400 troops home and move an additional 5,400 from Germany to other NATO countries.
  • The move reduces the number of American soldiers in Germany from around 36000 to 24000. the added costs come partly from the need to build new military bases in the countries to accommodate the additional forces

The United States USA will bring 6,400 troops home and move an additional 5,400 troops from Germany to other countries in Europe, US officials announced on Wednesday. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in a statement on Wednesday that the US would withdraw some almost 12,000 American troops American troops permanently from Germany. Removing the troops from the NATO ally will be one part billions of dollars a plan by the Pentagon, which will take years to complete. Of those, 6,400 will return home to their home countries while 5,600 will be redeployed to other NATO countries. He said the United States would transfer some of its troops from Germany to Poland, a shift celebrated by the country's officials. It will apply to troops at Ramstein Air Base, the largest American military base outside of the US. The added costs come partly from the need to build new military bases in the countries to accommodate the additional forces.

He denied that the pull of troops from Germany was a move by the Trump administration to punish the country, which Mr Trump has been openly vocal about. The Trump administration last month complained that the government was paying too much to have troops in Europe and European nations aren't paying enough for their own defense. Critics of the placement US payment move said the placement US payment placement of troops in Germany was more to protect US national security than protect the placement US payment country. The members of the presidential own political party have also been critical of the president's decision to remove troops from Germany and move them elsewhere. The House Armed Services Committee sent a letter to the US president that warned the US move could be a gift to Russia and a threat to US national security. But Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe, a Republican of Oklahoma, voiced his support for the troops Pentagon president's plan to remove the troops Pentagon troops.

He said the move was “realigning US military posture in Europe” while mentioning other places troops could go – such as Ukraine, Bulgaria, and Romania.

“We need to maintain a strong presence in Europe to deter Russia, sustain a flexible platform for projecting power into other theaters like Africa and minimise the impact of these changes on military families who already sacrifice so much for our country”, he said.

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