In a move that’s been years in the making, the Pentagon has announced that the U.S. is withdrawing thousands of soldiers from Germany.
It’s a gesture that President Trump has threatened repeatedly as Germany and other NATO allies refuse to meet their spending commitments to the alliance. For years, Germany has happily allowed US taxpayers to foot the bill for their defense while criticizing America’s role on the global stage.
President Trump has made it very clear that he’s not willing to play that game anymore:
President Trump on pulling troops out of Germany: "Germany's delinquent. They haven't paid their fees, they haven't paid their NATO fees. They're way off. And they've been off for years and they have no intention on paying it. The United States has been taken advantage of." pic.twitter.com/b75b5GxCLF
— CSPAN (@cspan) July 29, 2020
Trump has indicated in the past that troops withdrawn from Germany may go to Poland and other Eastern European allies that have expressed pro-American sentiments and need the help to combat Russian hegemony.
Of course, liberal media outlets that usually squawk about the dangers of “American militarism” are supposedly “horrified” by the news. Their motives are transparent: if Trump did it, they’re against it.
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