President Trump last week directed the Pentagon to cut the number of US troops stationed in Germany by 9,500, removing about a quarter of the forces in the country.
A top German official said it was “unacceptable” — and could impact the longstanding relationship between the NATO allies.
“This is completely unacceptable, especially since nobody in Washington thought about informing its NATO ally Germany in advance,” Peter Beyer, an ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, told the Rheinische Post newspaper, according to Reuters.
Beyer, Germany’s coordinator of trans-Atlantic cooperation, told the DPA news agency that “the German-US relationship could be severely affected by such a decision from the US president.”
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