Joe Biden To Halt Withdrawal Of US Soldiers From Germany

Washington – President Joe Biden will paralyze the withdrawal of troops from his country from Germany, ordered by his predecessor in office, Donald Trump, White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan revealed on Thursday.

“Today (Biden) will announce that Secretary (of Defense, Lloyd) Austin will lead a review of the global force posture, and while the review is pending, any relocation travel (of soldiers) from Germany will be frozen,” said Sullivan. , who accompanied the Government spokesperson, Jen Psaki, at her daily press conference.

Sullivan reported on this and other measures, such as the end of US support for the Saudi offensive in Yemen, which the president intends to announce in a foreign policy address Thursday at the State Department.

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Trump reported in mid-June of his intention to reduce the number of US troops in Germany, in retaliation for what he considered insufficient defense spending by Berlin and for, in his opinion, taking advantage of the US on trade issues.

Later, the Pentagon specified that it would withdraw 11,900 military personnel from Germany, of which 5,600 would relocate to other NATO countries, mainly Belgium and Italy, and another 6,400 would return to the US, within Trump’s plan.

Last summer, the country had about 52,000 troops deployed to German bases, of which about 34,500 were active duty soldiers and the rest were civilian Defense Department employees.

Trump’s plan also contemplated moving the European Command of the US Forces from Stuttgart (Germany) to Belgium, in the framework of what would have been the largest redistribution of US troops in Europe in decades.

In November, the Department of Defense also indicated that it would withdraw 2,000 soldiers from Afghanistan and 500 from Iraq on January 15, before Biden’s inauguration as president.

Germany is the country in Europe with the most US troops, followed by Italy, the United Kingdom and Spain. These soldiers have been in German territory since the end of the Second World War (1939-1945) and, in times of the Cold War, they were considered as a containment force against the Soviet Union.

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