Trump ap­proves cut­ting troops in Ger­many

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

US President Don­ald Trump has ap­proved a plan to slash the US mil­i­tary pres­ence in Ger­many by 9,500 troops, the De­fense Depart­ment said on Tues­day. Pen­tagon spokesman Jonathan Hoff­man said the move, which has sparked con­cerns in Ber­lin and in the NATO al­liance, is to rede­ploy the troops and will “en­hance Rus­sian de­ter­rence, strengthen NATO, (and) re­as­sure al­lies”, as well as im­prove US strate­gic flex­i­bil­ity. The move will cut the cur­rent troop level in Ger­many from about 34,500 to 25,000, Trump’s stated goal. Hoff­man gave no de­tails on when the re­duc­tions would hap­pen.

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