Biden adviser: Trump is trying to take digs at Merkel

U.S. Troops Pullout from Germany: Trump’s Final Gift to Putin Before the Election?

This week, apparently in brutal revenge, tore apart one of the ropes by announcing a plan to withdraw nearly 12,000 soldiers from Germany. This thin green thread of forces, woven across Germany’s historic cities, rolling fields and dense forests, for three generations helped ensure peace in Europe, and it embodies an unbreakable commitment between the two former opponents.

But the relationship now, especially if Trump is re-elected later this year, in the event of a free fall, is an unknown destination.

His decision, if his tweets are published correctly, seems to punish Germany.

“Germany pays Russia billions of dollars annually for energy, and we are supposed to protect Germany from Russia. What is all this?” Trump wrote in one post.

“Also, Germany is very backward in its 2% tariffs for NATO. So we’re moving some troops out of Germany!”

His non-diplomatic statements were thrown in a few moments in the middle of the night, but it could take years To undo the damage the German official fears will be damaged On the military alliance.

The head of the German parliament’s Foreign Relations Committee, Norbert Reutgen, responded to Twitter on Wednesday, saying: “Instead of strengthening #Natto, the alliance will weaken. The military influence of the United States will not increase, but will decrease with regard to Russia and the United States. Near East and Middle East.”

And Bavarian Governor Markus Soeider, whose region hosts several American bases, criticized Trump: “Unfortunately, this is seriously damaging to German-American relations. No military benefit can be seen. It is weakening NATO and the United States itself.”

The surprise, then, is that the Kremlin happily exploits the panic of Europe, where spokesman Dmitry Peskov told CNN: “We never feared that. [we think] The fewer American soldiers on the European continent, the quieter it will be in Europe. “

Trump is the gift that continues to give to the Kremlin: its inability to predict, while it often hurts, for them it is the constant windmill of their advertising plant.

It took the forty-fifth American President nearly four years of self-destructive service to reach this point, but in pulling the trigger to withdraw the troops from Germany, a third of the total stationed in the country, it has lost A sign of the end of what thirty-second US President Franklin Roosevelt portrayed as a post-World War II regime On the basis of common interest and collective aspirations.

Roosevelt and other leaders of his generation experienced the worst times when superpowers collided with the push of a few bad guys who owned themselves. Assuming Trump is not completely ignorant, he has chosen to ignore this obvious fact.

Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany and US President Donald Trump in 2018.

The problem for NATO and other American allies is that there appears to be little that can prevent Trump from his defenses. Defense Minister Mark Esper repeated the president’s words, saying: “Germany is the richest country in Europe. Germany can pay more to defend it.”

This argument will be hollowed out in the cavernous halls in NATO The headquarters are in the leafy suburbs of Brussels, where the commitment of 2% of GDP came long before Trump began his presidency, and so was the claim by Gen. John Hetin, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who said that the withdrawal would strengthen America’s support for its allies because it “will distribute Forces better across Europe and increase the use of rotational forces. “

And Esper spoke of a “strategic situation” as some forces may move to Poland and others may end up in the tiny Baltic states. “The United States consulted closely with all NATO allies before today’s announcement,” said Jens Stoltenberg, the optimistic secretary of NATO, although German officials expressed surprise when they first heard about a possible withdrawal a month ago.

Stoltenberg has been going through constant back-guard measures against Trump’s motives for getting rid of NATO since the US president took office in January 2017. And recently at the last NATO leaders meeting in Luton, England, in December 2019 Stoltenberg allowed Trump to blow up his own horn by announcing increased defense spending commitments to local output Total pressed by alliance members.

He is still trying to save today, claiming with hope that Trump’s decision “confirms the continued commitment of the United States to NATO and European security.”

Trump regularly appoints a retired colonel from the Army and Fox News as a candidate for the US ambassador to Germany

The truth is that Trump has breached German Chancellor Angela Merkel from the start, not only on defense spending commitment below the German level of 1.38% of GDP, but about BMW exports and trade in general. In their first meeting at the White House in the spring of 2017, the president barely looked at Merkel in the eye, refusing to shake her hand; At the NATO summit in 2018, he scolded her for breakfast. And now this.

Ironically, Trump’s generals are transferring the leadership of the US military in Europe, EUCOM, from Germany to Brussels, the homeland of NATO, “to improve the operational flexibility of the EUCOM,” according to European Union mission leader Tom Walters – despite NATO’s stark deficit in Belgium; At 0.93% it is even lower than Germany.

Regardless of Trump’s motivation, be it fawning or a strategic hub for Asia, as Esper has made clear in recent weeks, reality leaves the allies in turmoil and runs counter to the long-term benefit of the United States; Now those European countries must look to themselves for defense – not for a quick solution, but as a major strategic shift.

German Defense Minister Angrett Trump Karenbauer said it was “unfortunate” that Trump is withdrawing his forces from Germany, adding, “We want us to finally move more quickly toward a common European security and defense policy.”

Although this is not every cup of tea for any European leader, or an ice latte, the only thing the European Union has been able to do in recent weeks is to show that it can compromise and overcome massive internal differences of opinion, as it did in four Days and nights, by agreeing its budget for the next seven years and the thorny Covid-19 bailout plan.
Tourists take pictures of dressed-up actors as soldiers at the former Charlie checkpoint in Berlin, where American and Soviet tanks confronted each other in the early years of the Cold War.

Trump did not cause a joint European defense agreement overnight, but he pressed the wait until there was an agreement, and none of this is good for America now.

As Trump searches for friends to bolster his sanctions on China and Iran, less-restrictive and more fearful Europe will look to secure relationships that suit its national security and commercial interests. And they may not always go along with America.

At the same time it empowers Russian President Vladimir Putin, a strategic enemy in an already offensive situation, while disrupting vital allies in the same battle. It’s a double goal, typical for an American president who insists on playing by his own rules.

If the Covid-19 pandemic, which appears to be going around the clock in his presidency, cannot tell him that the convention sometimes contains answers, there is little likelihood that he will reverse the trajectory of 12,000 soldiers.

Perhaps a new US president will be elected in November with sufficient time and convincing powers to mend the rift Trump has caused with his country’s allies. It won’t be easy, because Trump’s trust deficit is compounded by all of those who stood by him.

From this side of the Atlantic Ocean, Trump appears to be navigating a trip to unknown waters, ignoring the well-posted stormy warnings.

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