Today, July 29, 2020, President Donald Trump announced the U.S. military would take 11,900 troops out of Germany and redeploy them elsewhere over the next few years. “We don’t want to be the suckers any more,” Trump told reporters today on Wednesday about the decision. “We’re reducing the force because they’re not paying their bills; it’s very simple.” Regardless of the reason Trump has offered, the number of troops has been steadily being reduced since the fall of the Berlin Wall when the U.S. has around 200,000 troops in Germany. The transcript of Trump’s quick interview just before hopping on Marine One can be found here.
Approximately 5,400 of the 11,900 troops will remain elsewhere in Europe, and we expect the other 6,400 troops will return to the United States. Interestingly, Boca Raton Deputy Mayor Jeremy Rodgers was called up yesterday as a U.S. Navy reservist and is heading out to Europe.
Joe Biden had no immediate comment on the redeployment outside of a comment from his senior advisor for foreign policy, stating, “We would review all of the decisions that President Trump has taken, including that one.”
Jo Jorgensen stated during an interview on the general issue of troops overseas, “Let me be clear: I want to bring the troops home for good. I don’t believe rearranging them or sending more drones in their place will improve our situation in the Middle East.”