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Sat Jun 6, 2020, 03:50 PM

Trump's Troop Plan Stuns Germany and Rocks the Postwar Order

President Donald Trumpís directive to pull 9,500 troops from Germany hits home hard ... Itís the latest sign of the U.S.ís deterioration of ties with a loyal ally, one that not only hosts most of its troops in Europe but also has seen them fuel the local economy.

There hasnít been much love between Trump and Merkel, who have clashed repeatedly over trade and Germanyís slow timetable for meeting the North Atlantic Treaty Organizationís defense spending target. Last month, Merkel snubbed Trump on his plan to hold an in-person Group of Seven summit in June which heíd like Russian President Vladimir Putin to attend.

While Trump has taken aim at Germanyís economic might, Merkel ó the longest-serving G-7 leader after 15 years in power ó has stared him down across a broad front, from defending the rules-based global economy to policy disputes such as defense spending. A physicist by training, Merkel also contrasted with Trump in her science-based approach to reopening Germany from its coronavirus lockdown.

Lawmakers and government officials in Berlin criticized Trumpís troop decision, which would cut U.S. forces in Germany by slightly more than a quarter, as a snub. ďThese plans demonstrate once again that the Trump administration neglects a central element of leadership: the involvement of alliance partners in the decision-making process,Ē Johann Wadephul, deputy head of Merkelís parliamentary caucus, said.

Trumpís decision and the way it was communicated hint at how much Germanyís relations have cooled with a U.S. president who has publicly questioned NATOís value. By mid-day Saturday, the German government still had no official word from Washington on the drawdown plan (other than Trumpís tweet).

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-06/trump-s-troop-plan-stuns-germany-and-rocks-the-postwar-order?srnd=premium

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left-of-center2012 Jun 2020 OP
First Speaker Jun 2020 #1
empedocles Jun 2020 #2
Eliot Rosewater Jun 2020 #3
stillcool Jun 2020 #4
usajumpedtheshark Jun 2020 #5
spanone Jun 2020 #6

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Sat Jun 6, 2020, 03:51 PM

1. How ironic would it be if Germany ends up being the last bastion of European democracy...?

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Sat Jun 6, 2020, 03:54 PM

2. putin has taken aim at Germany's economic might . . .

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Sat Jun 6, 2020, 03:54 PM

3. He's is a FUCKING TRAITOR and so is EVERY SINGLE PERSON who supports him

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Sat Jun 6, 2020, 03:58 PM

4. this is from CNN yesterday..

towards the end of the article...

Trump administration plans to cut US troops in Germany
By Ryan Browne, CNN
Fri June 5, 20
https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/05/politics/white-house-germany-troop-reductions/index.html
It is possible that any troops removed from Germany could be repositioned in Poland as Warsaw has long sought an increase in the number of US personnel stationed there, with Poland's President offering to name a new US Base in Poland Ft. Trump.
Senior Trump administration officials have in the past suggested moving US troops from Germany to Poland due to Berlin's failure to meet the 2% target.
"Poland meets its 2% of GDP spending obligation towards NATO. Germany does not. We would welcome American troops in Germany to come to Poland," the US ambassador to Poland, Georgette Mosbacher, wrote on Twitter in August.
While the Pentagon has increased the number of US troops in Poland in recent years, the majority of those personnel are designated rotational forces.

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Sat Jun 6, 2020, 06:02 PM

5. Putin wins again!

I'm sure Trump's decision had nothing to do with his recent conversation with his puppet master

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Sat Jun 6, 2020, 06:23 PM

6. He's a danger to the world.

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