Germany's plan to spend less than promised on its military has drawn fire from the US Embassy in Berlin. The Trump administration is pushing Germany to increase its military spending and to meet the goal of 2% of GDP for NATO.
Germany’s Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is touring the Middle East to meet German troops based there. The minister has come out strongly in favor of continuing Germany's military mission in the region.
The US says it might pull out some troops from Germany amid rifts over a naval mission in the Persian Gulf and defense spending. The remarks from the US ambassador come ahead of two presidential trips to Europe.
The United States has put pressure on Germany to increase defense spending and has threatened to pull troops out of the country.
A decision to move US troops out of Germany would mark a major change in the defense relationship between the two countries and reshape the basis of American military presence in Europe since WWII.
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