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Donald Trump wants to withdraw numerous US soldiers from Germany. This is met with criticism and disappointment. CDU man Jürgen Hardt defends the chancellor.

Update from July 31, 9.42 a.m .: Of the US troops withdrawn causes a political outcry in Germany. Almost in unison, politicians from all camps condemn the plans and massively criticize them. That Germany made a scapegoat by the United States and especially President Donald Trump CDU foreign politician Jürgen Hardt now describes as “unattractive”. In the ZDF morning magazine, he rejects the allegations that the federal government has not defended against the withdrawal of US troops.

“It is on all levels strongly intervened “, he clarifies. That the Trump plans but could not be prevented, he now sees no problem. The European security is maintainedAgreements within NATO would not be broken by the United States. In addition, there are still under Trump more US soldiers in Europe than under predecessor Barack ObamaHardt explains.

Update from July 30, 10:57 a.m.: The U.S. Deduction Plans from Germany, politicians across the camp face criticism. The CDU presidential candidate Friedrich Merz hopes corrections: There is considerable concern in the US Congress against the plans of the US President Donald Trumpthe politician said Deutschlandfunk. In this respect, the announcements by the United States are one “Wake-up call, but no reason to panic”. On Twitter, he said: “The United States is not that Collection agency of the NATO“.

“I want to put it this way: The #UNITED STATES are not the collection agency of the #NATO. We don’t owe America anything, we owe something to common security. We have to get in #Europe take care of our own security more. “(tm) # Troop withdrawalhttps://t.co/K7DzQZWFhp

Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) he said dpa on the subject: “Unfortunately, this is burdening the German-American relationship. The military benefit is not recognizable. ”

Of the U.S. Democrat and Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the House of Representatives, Eliot angel, spoke of one “Heavy blow”that Trump transferred to Germany and NATO. Trump left no stone unturned to the Russian President Wladimir Putin to please and Angela Merkel – “a real democratic leader” – to create a disadvantage.

Of the Republican Senator Ben Sasse Trump certified “Lack of strategic understanding”. Sasse said: “US soldiers are not around the world as traffic cops or Social worker stationed – they slow down the expansionist goals of the worst regimes in the world, especially China and Of RussiaTrump’s ex-security advisor John Bolton criticized that the decision “sends the wrong signal to our opponents and makes our allies vulnerable to the increasing global threats”.

Update from July 30th, 7:59 p.m.: The Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office, Michael Roth, was disappointed with the decision of the The US government said it would withdraw a third of the soldiers stationed in Germany. “But we should not complain and lament now, but see the US move as a wake-up call and an opportunity to strengthen our European sovereignty,” the SPD politician told the editorial network Germany (RND, Thursday). It was time for that Europe strengthen its role in the world and stand on its own two feet. “It’s about our self-assertion.”

The Union in the Bundestag also expressed its lack of understanding. The move entails high costs for America and the strategic gain is more than doubtful, said defense policy spokesman for the CDU / CSU parliamentary group, Henning Otte. “The erratic politics of President Trump this also has a negative impact on the alliance’s security policy. ”Nevertheless, the USA remained Germany’s most important non-European partner. And it also remains clear that Germany must invest more in the Bundeswehr.

For Trump, however, it seems more than a punishment for Germany. As described in his tweet, he could not understand why the Protect USA from Russia if Germany pays Russia so much money for energy at the same time. Also stressed Trump that Germany is behind schedule with its NATO assurances be.

Germany pays Russia billions of dollars a year for Energy, and we are supposed to protect Germany from Russia. What’s that all about? So, Germany is very delinquent in their 2% fee to NATO. We are therefore moving some troops out of Germany!

Update from July 29th, 7.20pm: The United States of America want numerous US military troops withdraw from Germany. Around 12,000 soldiers are said to be Germany leave. The number of US troops stationed in Germany is to be reduced from around 36,000 to 24,000 soldiers, according to the Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said. Almost 5,600 soldiers are said to be going to other NATO countries Italy, Belgium and – provided that appropriate agreements have been made – Poland as well as the Baltic States. Around 6,400 soldiers are said to be in the United States to return. US president Donald Trump continued to justify the deduction with those in his view too little defense spending Germany

At German politicians has the decision criticism and disappointment triggered. This is how the US government under Donald Trump acts against its own interests, said CDU foreign experts Norbert Röttgen towards the Augsburg General. “Instead of strengthening NATO, the withdrawal of troops leads to a weakening of the alliance,” warned Röttgen. As a result of the withdrawal, the affected regions expect to lose numerous jobs. Röttgen also thinks the reasoning of the Americans is a misjudgment. “Of course, US soldiers also make a contribution to Germany’s security, but Germany primarily serves the USA as a logistic hub for its own international military presence,” said the CDU man.

Also the FDP defense expert Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann assumes that President Donald Trump’s planned withdrawal of US troops this especially harm itself. “Trump wants to punish Germany, but in terms of security policy it hits the western alliance and therefore itself,” she said of the online edition of the Berliner Daily level.

The mayor was horrified by the plans the Bavarian municipality of Vilseck. A US regiment with almost 5,000 soldiers and modern armored personnel carriers has been stationed there so far, which can be quickly relocated in the event of a crisis. The Vilseck location is on the brink, said Mayor Hans-Martin Schertl on Wednesday Nürnberger Nachrichten. In Vilseck alone, 300 to 400 civil employees are affected.

The Left faction looks at the announcement by the USA in a very different way. The party described the partial withdrawal as “a good day for peace and security in Europe”. Defense left-wing expert Sevim Dagdelen urged US President Trump to “withdraw the remaining US soldiers and take the US nuclear weapons with them”. A partial transfer of soldiers to Eastern Europe would be “another escalation by the US administration towards Russia”.

Dagdelen’s party colleague also found similar words Dietmar Bartsch. “It is good that the United States is now going nails with their heads when withdrawing troops. Please don’t forget your nuclear weapons! ”He wrote on Twitter. He also called on the federal and state governments to “enable the former US bases to be used in a meaningful and seamless manner”.

It is good that #UNITED STATES at the # Troop withdrawal now make nails with heads. Please forget yours # Nuclear weapons Not! The federal and state governments must not waste time in order to enable sensible and seamless civilian use of the former US bases. https://t.co/RnRhEjYL3d

The situation between Russia, the USA and Germany is also tense with regard to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project. An investor from Austria has asked European policy for support.

Update from July 29, 4:12 p.m.: The command center for the US troops in Europe should from Stuttgart after Mons in Belgium be relocated. That announced the commander of the U.S. armed forces in Europe, General Tod Walters, in Washington on Wednesday. The Africa Command Center may also be relocated from Stuttgart to a location that still needs to be determined, he added.

Update from July 29, 12:24 p.m.: The United States have a report according to their plans for one Withdrawal of troops from Germany concretized: scarce 12,000 soldiers should leave Germany, the reported SWR on Wednesday. 6400 of them should return to the U.S. 5400 would be relocated within Europe. The following locations are affected: Vilseck, Grafenwoehr and Wild spots in Bavaria and forces of the US Air Force in Spangdahlem in the Eifel. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper wanted to comment on the plans in the afternoon.

Update from July 27th: The federal government expects the US to release details of its this week Troop withdrawal plans for Germany be announced. A defense spokesman said Monday that there would be “a coordinated publicity statement from both the Americans and our agencies,” mid-week. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper had his German colleague on Friday Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer informed about the planning status.

The USA want to run short 10,000 of the nearly 35,000 U.S. soldiers withdraw in Germany. US President Donald Trump justified the move with what he considers to be low defense spending in Germany. Some of the soldiers are said to be transferred to Poland, but how many are still unclear.

The federal government was not consulted by Washington prior to the decision to withdraw troops. But there is now an exchange about it. The US Congress could block the partial withdrawal via the military budget, or at least significantly complicate. There is opposition to the plans – also among Trump’s Republicans. The US president has meanwhile nominated a successor for the controversial US ambassador Richard Grenell.

Original article from July 2:

Resistance against US President Donald Trump *, and in part even from within our own ranks: Leading US senators both parties want the one Trump wants Withdrawal of American troops from Germany prevent by law. Before the Senate Defense Budget was approved, the group placed a budget in the budget, the Republican Senator’s office said Mitt Romney on Monday (local time) with.

Budget funds should therefore only be used for a deduction if the Defense Minister explains in a report to the Congress that this is in the interest of the national security and also the security of the European NATO partner not endangered. Former Republican presidential candidate Romney said that withdrawing US troops from Germany would be a gift to Russia. “And that’s the last thing we should do,” he said.

The withdrawal of U.S. troops from Germany would be a gift to Russia, and that’s the last thing we should do. Not to mention it threatens U.S. national security and undermines our NATO alliance. Our # FY21NDAA amendment would prevent this troop reduction. https://t.co/PvydZWtOOP

The move was even supported by Trump’s close confidante, Senator Lindsey Graham. Democrat Chris Coons said: “Almost To withdraw 10,000 soldiers from Germany, without consultation with the German government and our other European allies, does not make America any safer. ”Democrat Jeanne Shaheen also said that troop transparency in Germany was in the mutual interest.

Also in House of Representatives available at Republicans and Democrats Resistance to the withdrawal plans. The Democrats also submitted an application there to prevent troops from Germany from leaving the household. President Trump * can order the partial withdrawal as commander-in-chief of the armed forces – however, it will take money to carry it out, which Congress must approve. Until the approval of the Military budget there will probably still be deals and compromises, so Trump’s requests could still be blocked.

By the way: You can also read about which scandals Trump caused during his first term in office Merkur.de*.

Trump, who was often seen on TV before his political career *, wants the number of US troops in Germany of good Reduce 34,500 to 25,000. In doing so, he wants to punish Germany for what he considers to be insufficient defense expenditure. Some of the soldiers withdrawn from Germany should then strengthen the units in Poland, as Trump said last week.

Most recently, Bavaria’s prime minister had Markus Söder indirectly criticized Trump. In the Reopening of the America House in Munich he summoned the German-American friendship – but put a clear blow to the US president. You can find more information on this in the following video. (dpa, cia) * Merkur.de is part of the Ippen-Digitial network.

Also interesting: You can also read everything about Melania Trump, the woman on the side of the current US President, at Merkur.de *.

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