Biden administration expands Germany’s military presence by reversing Trump policy

The Biden administration will have hundreds of additional troops stationed in Germany as early as this fall, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said during his visit to Europe.

“I explained to the minister that he intends to permanently deploy about 500 Americans in the Wiesbaden region,” Austin said at a press conference in Berlin.

“These troops will strengthen deterrence and defense in Europe,” he added. “They build on our existing capabilities to prevent conflicts, fight and win as needed.”

The move by President Joe Biden’s administration was that Germany was the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) during his term as commander-in-chief.

“So we are protecting Germany and they are in arrears. That doesn’t make sense. When Mr. Trump announced his plans in June 2019, Germany called the United States” very terrible in trade. ” He added that he was treating it.

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stortenberg will meet with US President Donald Trump prior to the NATO Summit at NATO Headquarters in Watford, England, on December 3, 2019. (NATO distribution by Getty Images)

The United States currently has more than 62,000 troops in Europe, of which 34,000 are stationed in Germany.

German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp Karenbauer praised Austin’s announcement as “great news” and “a very strong sign of solidarity.”

“Our cooperation is increasingly important, and in an era when security and defense architectures are under pressure in many parts of the world,” she said in a briefing on Tuesday.

Austin asked from reporters during a briefing on Tuesday whether the decision to add hundreds of troops would mean that the Biden administration would not implement Trump’s policy, which would be detrimental to thousands of German troops. Was done.

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US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin was filmed at a press conference at the German Ministry of Defense Bendlerbrock on April 13, 2021 in Berlin, Germany. (Pool via Kaynetfeld / Reuters)

Austin was also asked if additional U.S. military deployments should be interpreted as a message to Russia in a new tension, but the Secretary of Defense said, “It’s a message to NATO, and that message maximizes NATO. It means to support the extent. “

“We value our relationship with our partners here in Germany,” Austin said. “So we will continue to strengthen our partnerships and alliances.”

The Biden administration’s decision to expand its military presence in Western European countries arose in recent concerns about an increase in Russian troops on the eastern border of Ukraine over the past few weeks.

Also during the briefing on Tuesday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance was rallying Moscow on the Ukrainian border prior to an emergency meeting of the allies’ foreign ministers and defense ministers. Asked Russia to withdraw.

Reuters contributed to this report.

From NTD News