(BERLIN) — Two conservative German lawmakers have criticized the reported U.S. choice to withdraw greater than 1 / 4 of American troops stationed in Germany.
The Wall Avenue Journal reported Friday that President Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to cut back the variety of U.S. troops in Germany by 9,500. At the moment there are 34,500 American service members completely assigned in Germany as a part of a long-standing association with America’s NATO ally.
In an interview revealed Saturday by Germany’s Funke Media Group, lawmaker Norbert Röttgen mentioned such a troop withdrawal can be “very regrettable.”
Röttgen, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right Union bloc who chairs the German parliament’s overseas coverage committee, was quoted as saying that he couldn’t see “any factual motive for the withdrawal” and that U.S. troopers have been welcome in Germany.
Johann Wadephul, the deputy chairman of the Union’s parliamentary caucus, mentioned the U.S. choice to withdraw troops with out consulting with its NATO allies “exhibits as soon as once more that the Trump administration is neglecting fundamental management duties.”
German information company dpa quoted Wadephul as saying that Russia and China would profit from discord throughout the Western alliance.