In the United States, opposition to Donald Trump's plan to withdraw some of the US troops from Germany is strengthening in both parties. Leading US Senators from Democrats and Republicans now want to prevent the US President's plan by law. Prior to the adoption of the defense budget, the group placed a budget in the Senate, the Republican Senator Mitt Romney said. A budget deduction should therefore only be used if the Defense Minister justifies the Congress that this is in the interest of national security and does not endanger the security of the European NATO partners.
"The withdrawal of US troops from Germany would be a gift to Russia - and that's the last thing we should do," said former Republican presidential candidate Romney. Trump's close confidante, Senator Lindsey Graham, also supported the move. Democrat Chris Coons said: "Withdrawing nearly 10,000 soldiers from Germany without consulting the German government and our other European allies doesn't make America any safer." Democrat Jeanne Shaheen said that troop presence in Germany was in the mutual interest.
In the House of Representatives, too, there is opposition to withdrawal plans from both Republicans and Democrats. The Democrats had also submitted an application there to prevent troops from Germany from leaving the household. Their draft also envisaged prohibiting the use of state funds to reduce troops in Europe without the approval of Congress.
Trump can order the partial withdrawal as commander-in-chief of the armed forces - however, it will take money to carry it out, which Congress must approve. Until the approval of the military budget (NDAA), however, compromises are likely to be negotiated that could still block Trump's plan.
Trump announced in mid-June that the number of US troops in Germany would be reduced from a good 34,500 to 25,000. He accused the federal government of failing to meet its NATO commitments and spending too little on defense. At a joint press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda last week, Trump said he was likely to move some of the U.S. soldiers previously stationed in Germany to Poland.