Trump approves cutting troops in Germany
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.