Trump Orders 9,500 US Troops to Leave Germany

25,000 will stay behind

President Trump has directed the Department of Defense to send 9,500 troops home from Germany, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, which would bring the total stationed there down to 25,000.

A defense official told the Journal the plan, which was ordered by national security adviser Robert O’Brien, has been underway since September and is not related to rising tensions between Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, who also served as Trump’s ambassador to Germany, has advocated for the reduction of troops in Germany and pushed for Berlin to spend more on its own defense.

When asked, National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot did not confirm the move to The Hill, but said Trump “continually reassesses the best posture for the United States military forces and our presence overseas.”

“The United States remains committed to working with our strong ally Germany to ensure our mutual defense, as well as on many other important issues,” Ullyot said.

The Hill has reached out to the Department of Defense and the White House for further comment.

The Journal noted under current conditions, there can be up to 52,000 U.S. troops in Germany at a time as units rotate in and out or take part in training exercises.

The troop reduction will reportedly take place by September.

Trump has pushed for fewer U.S. service members to be deployed overseas, including in Afghanistan, the site of America’s longest military conflict.

Source: The Hill

  1. V4V says

    The coward and chicken-hawk Trump looks as good as GWB dressed up in military garb for his “Mission Accomplished” moment. Hey, isn’t it time to go back to hiding in your bunker?

  2. disqus_3BrONUAJno says

    There will need to be American soldiers to keep an eye on American nuclear warheads stationed there as part of the NATO occupation, which should be ended just as we should get out of the UN.

  3. ke4ram says

    Don’t see the point of US armed forces any where other than the US. If a foreign nation wants them then they should foot the bill.

    1. thomas malthaus says

      I suggest that American corporations provide their own security rather than relying on US troops. I realize it’s more complicated than that.

    2. disqus_3BrONUAJno says

      Why should they be anywhere else but America, regardless of who foots the bill?

  4. Natural_Texan says

    Why is the US still occupying Germany? Local businesses and politicians must be on a gravy train of US Dollars!

  5. John Rourke says

    only 25 k US troops left in Germany after 75 years since the end of the 2nd World War..Germany might be an Independent Country one day.

    1. Canosin says

      don’t make me laugh……Germany is totally indoctrinated with the holohoax……plus the millions of the new young “scientists, engineers” and the fast breeding muslim populations from MENA…….and above all with the biggest piece of shxit called Piglet Merkel……she has committed the highest treason to the German people

  6. Bob avlon says

    How can a man, Trump, who has never set foot near the military now wear a military commanders uniform. This is like a basic leaving school grade student being a university professor.

    1. disqus_3BrONUAJno says

      It comes with being the commander in chief, just as the head of the NSA wears a military uniform.

  7. cechas vodobenikov says

    trump is despised by amerikans because he is less racist and imperialist than other US presidents—the only one so far that hasn’t invaded another nation since WWII

    1. V4V says

      That is so funny… I love the way Trump supporters excuse Trump for continuing all the wars he inherited, increasing the already gargantuan military budget, and increasing tensions with Venezuela, Cuba, China, Iran and Russia… but… but, er, he hasn’t started any new war! Hip-hip HOORAY~~!!! Bombing Syria, Pakistan, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia… and doubling the number of troops in the Middle East etc. is enough to keep him busy!

      1. cechas vodobenikov says

        utter stupidity and lies (troops reduced in ME under trump compared to obama)—-while obama increased troops in Afghanistan to 100,000 and illegally bombed 8 Muslim nations 100,000 times, trump is withdrawing troops from Afghanistan and has withdrawn most from Syria—as any Marxist is fully aware amerikan liberals are the most fascist of all political persuasions in the USA—this is why they support the fascist sanders who has voted for all military appropriations described
        Chavez as “a dead dictator” and John McCain as a “hero”—he fully reflects your national character

  8. Undecider says

    Where will they be moved to?

  9. Al Carbone says

    US troops are only to make sure the Germans continue to send billions every year to pissrael.

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