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Esper Outlines Plan to Cut 12000 US Troops From Germany

Esper Outlines Plan to Cut 12000 US Troops From Germany”

Officials said it has yet to be determined where the troops returning to the us will be based, and that the repositioning of troops is estimated to cost several billion over several years.

The German government's transatlantic coordinator Peter Beyer criticized on Wednesday the plan of U.S. President Donald Trump to withdraw U.S. troops from Germany.

Trump announced earlier this year that the USA would withdraw a substantial portion of troops based in Germany.

United States cutting 12,000 forces from Germany after Trump signals displeasure with Berlin's defense spending Defense Secretary Mark Esper says it will cost several billion dollars to move the USA troops to new bases; national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin reports from the Pentagon.

Wolters and Esper were "doing their best to take a wrong-headed decision by the White House and do the strategic analysis after the decision was made. and they have come up with the best they could to meet a presidential order", he said.

"These changes achieve the core principles of enhancing US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation deterrence of Russian Federation; strengthening North Atlantic Treaty Organisation; reassuring Allies; and, improving USA strategic flexibility and EUCOM operational flexibility", Esper said.

In Bavaria, which houses several USA bases, the state governor, a member of Merkel's conservative bloc, said: "We very much regret the decision of the United States government". "So I said, we're going to bring down the count to 25,000 soldiers", Trump said, adding that "they treat us very badly on trade".

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In moves that could begin within weeks, some USA command operations now in Germany will be moved to Belgium and Italy. Also, Germany is very delinquent in their 2% fee to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Wolters said there is also potential to relocate U.S. Africa Command's headquarters and its component U.S. Special Operations Command Africa, which are in Germany, to a "location to be determined". The relocation of select Army and Air Force units will start "within weeks", per Esper.

The German government was cautious in its reaction to the move, expected since June.

Trump's announcement came as a surprise to the German government, suggesting there was a lack of coordination with a key North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally. Quite a diplomatic coup, due to the loss of specific weight of the troops in Germany. Another 6,400 will return to the United States, though most of the forces will then embark on what the Pentagon is describing as "continuous rotations" to the Black Sea region. "Peace and security in Europe are significant for the safety and prosperity of North America, and since we confront a more unpredictable universe, we're safer and stronger when we stand together", he further added.

"This is a self-inflicted wound by President Trump against American interests", said US Democratic Senator Jack Reed.

Retired German general Hans-Lothar Domroese, who led one of the highest North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commands in the Dutch town of Brunssum until 2016, said bringing the two headquarters together in Mons would eliminate the inconvenience of travel and reduce costs.

Esper denied that the move was the result of Trump's unhappy relationship with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.



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