US President, Trump accuses Berlin for years, to be at the expense of the United States in Nato to protect – well it does against the Federal government.

US President, trump plans for a massive U.S. soldiers from Germany to deduct, cause quite a stir. Now, Trump* has made it clear what his Motivation behind it is. In German politicians the justification faces severe criticism.

Update 16. June 2020, 21.15 Uhr: defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has to want to pull with criticism and appeasement is reacting to the announcement by US President Donald Trump, nearly 10,000 soldiers of the currently 34.500 soldiers from Germany. “This is a soldier and soldiers in Germany and in Europe as a guarantee of security for all of Nato, for the entire Alliance,” said the CDU Boss on Tuesday at an event of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Berlin. They were but also for the security of the United States, even in Germany and you are very welcome.

Kramp-Karrenbauer acknowledged that there is currently in the German-American relationship “some time suggested” with the “one or the other schrilleren sound”. She stressed: “Nato is not a trading organisation and security is not a commodity. Nato is based on solidarity and trust.“

The defence Ministers of the Nato countries want this Wednesday (14: 00) in a video conference on the further handling of the stationing of nuclear weapons-Russian cruise missiles in Europe advise. According to Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg , it is likely that the talks also unscheduled by the U.S. announcement of a partial withdrawal of troops from Germany. The topic for the Alliance as a whole to be relevant, had said the Norwegian on Tuesday.

Trump’s Merkel’s government will find it hard: “by far The worst offender is …”

initial message: Washington/Berlin – it Is a criminal action of U.S. President Donald Trump*? , He had confirmed on Monday plans to cut the number of US soldiers in Germany from the current level of around 35,000 to 25,000 is to be reduced. He reasoned this by the fact that the Federal government spend to little on defence and the Nato “billions of dollars” owe.

With a view to fulfill the Nato Trump said that Germany is one of the few member States that had not declared, despite its vehement claims of willing to the self-imposed, Nato-and-goal at defence expenditure .

“Germany has for years been in default and the Nato owes billions of dollars, and you have to pay for it.” For the difference would have to keep coming back to the USA. Germany draw the US to trade and Nato on the table. the “by far, The worst offender is Germany.”

U.S. troops in Germany, according to Trump’s “huge cost”

Trump said, the stationing of US troops in Germany, causing “a tremendous cost to the United States”. He criticized: “Why Germany pays Russia billions of dollars for energy, then we have to protect Germany from Russia? How is that going to work? It doesn’t work.“

Trump played, among other things, on the Baltic sea Pipeline Nord Stream 2, the Gas from Russia to Germany is to bring. The USA want to prevent their completion, and have imposed at the end of last year, penalties .

in addition, Trump referred, indirectly, to the economic damage , the part withdrawal of soldiers from Germany would be for the affected locations. “These are well-paid soldiers. You live in Germany. You spend much of your money in Germany.“ The President added: “Until you (pay the Germans), we withdraw our soldiers, a part of our soldiers.”

+ US-President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the past Nato summit©AFP / PETER NICHOLLS

U.S. troop withdrawal: Trump’s Two-percent target in question

Trump accused Germany in addition to the disadvantage of the United States in the trade. The ideas of the EU for a trade agreements are not yet to his satisfaction, and in Germany the most important economic power in the EU. Trump has threatened in the trade conflict with the European Union repeatedly duties to Auto-imports , the German manufacturer would be Hit hardest.

The Two-percent target Nato sees that all the allies to 2024 the aim of approach, at least two percent of their gross domestic product for defense spending. Germany has increased expenditure significantly in the past years, but in 2019, however, only when a proportion of GDP by 1.38 percent. Trump said on Monday, two percent were actually too little.

Trump withdraws US troops from Germany – Dietmar Bartsch: “No-Go”

SPD-Chef Walter-Borjans, put the Two-percent target in the “ntv early start” as such a question: “What is a number, that is, if the economy is growing, you have to upgrade!? Or now, when it melts and shrinks, that you should disarm?“

The head of the Faction of Left in the Bundestag, Dietmar Bartsch , said the allegations of Trumps: “the fact That a US President is blackmailing the Federal government openly among partners is a No-Go.” Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to discuss the U.S. plans this Wednesday and Thursday in talks with the defence Ministers of the Alliance countries.

Donald Trump: US troop withdrawal “penalty” for Germany? The spokesperson gives the answer

the relationship between the Trump-government, and Berlin has long been tense. Recently, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) Trumps had to hold plans, this month, a the G7 summit at the White house – you had cancelled because of the Corona-pandemic* . Trump was therefore compelled to postpone the summit to September.

The spokeswoman for the White house , Kayleigh McEnany, was asked last week whether Trump was going to let the troop withdrawal because of Merkel’s cancellation Vera. McEnany had not confirmed, then a partial deduction though. She said, however, Trump to meet, no decisions to punish certain of the heads of state or heads of government. “He is in the best interest of the United States.”


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