President Trump has directed the Pentagon to remove thousands of American troops from Germany by September.

  • The move reflects growing tensions between Washington and Berlin.
  • The removal order would reduce the U.S. troop presence in Germany by 9,500 from the 34,500 service members who are permanently assigned there.
  • It would cap at 25,000 the number of American troops in Germany at any one time.
  • The Trump administration ordered the change in a memorandum signed recently by White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien.
  • The decision drew criticism from some former senior defense officials and lawmakers concerned that it would further weaken a key alliance and empower U.S. adversaries. Moscow is likely to welcome the open display of differences between two key North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies