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Trump on Germany: We're Done Being 'Suckers' - Page 2

Mark Esper announces 11.9K troops will withdraw from Germany
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2020 11:05 AM CDT

  • Bloomberg writes that President Trump was meanwhile "undercutting" the case made by Esper, suggesting to reporters on Wednesday the move was "largely about punishing Germany as a defense deadbeat," as Bloomberg puts it. "They’ve taken advantage of us for many years," Trump said in reference to Germany's defense spending, which in 2019 was 1.3% of GDP; Trump says Germany isn't being aggressive enough in its commitment to raise that to 2%. “We don't want to be the suckers anymore,” he continued, per Politico. "So we're reducing the force because they're not paying their bills. It's very simple, they're delinquent."
  • What Esper had to say on that front Wednesday, per Bloomberg: "Let's be clear, I think Germany is the wealthiest country in Europe. Germany can and should pay more to its defense."
  • On the financial front, CNN reports the Pentagon's redeployment is expected to cost several billion dollars due to the need to construct new troop housing in the US and Europe.
  • The New York Times predicts the announcement will "rankle European leaders and anger lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who see the American troop presence on the continent, especially in Germany, as a cornerstone of post-World War II order."
  • That quickly came to pass as far as Germany goes, with Politico quipping that German officials "immediately trashed the plan."
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