It sure looks like President Trump has angered certain alleged allies on the European Continent, yet again.
Turns out that The Donald has ordered 9,500 American troops back to the good ol’ US of A. Prior to the order, US troop strength in Deutschland stood at 34,500, mainly US Army and Air Force personnel.
So far, at least two German politicians are quite angry that so many American troops (Read: Yankee dollars) will now be spending their paychecks in South Carolina, Texas, and Idaho, instead of Kaiserslautern, Ansbach, and Heidelberg.
As reported by Dana Kennedy of the New York Post;
Two conservative German lawmakers as well as Congresswoman Liz Cheney ripped the move, with one German legislator saying Russia and China will benefit from the plan.
Conservative German lawmaker Norbert Roettgen said a troop withdrawal would be “very regrettable” in an interview with a German media outlet, the Journal reported.
Roettgen, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right Union bloc who chairs the German parliament’s foreign policy committee, said he couldn’t see “any factual reason for the withdrawal.”
Johann Wadephul, the deputy chairman of the Union’s parliamentary caucus, said the US decision to withdraw troops without consulting with its NATO allies “shows once again that the Trump administration is neglecting basic leadership tasks.”
Additionally, the everything European Business website EuropeanCEO.com notes that in spite of President Trump demanding that Germany spend at least a paltry two percent of their GDP on defense, the Berlin government consistently falls short.
In the meantime, America still does the heavy lifting when it comes to defending Germany.
Another interesting note, Stars and Stripes newspaper recently cited that nearly half of the Germans polled want American troops gone.