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US threat to Germany: Troop withdrawal for refusing Persian Gulf assistance, lax NATO dues

US threat to Germany: Troop withdrawal for refusing Persian Gulf assistance, lax NATO dues

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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 is considering withdrawing some of the US troops stationed in Germany, with Poland mooted as a possible new deployment, the US ambassador to Germany has said. The threat of withdrawal comes amid ongoing differences between Berlin and Washington over Germany’s contribution to NATO and a current spat caused by the German refusal to take part in a US-led naval mission in the Persian Gulf. “It is actually offensive to assume that the US taxpayer must continue to pay to have 50,000-plus Americans in Germany, but the Germans get to spend their surplus on domestic programs,” US Ambassador Richard Grenell told the DPA news agency, in comments carried widely by German media on Friday.
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