Trump says US pulling troops from Germany

Donald Trump has confirmed some United States soldiers will be pulled from bases in Germany

President Donald Trump says the US will cut the number of US troops deployed in Germany to 25,000, a reduction of about 9500, in a move likely to upset both his fellow Republicans in Congress and NATO allies.

In comments to reporters, Trump accused Germany of being "delinquent" in its payments to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and vowed to stick with the plan unless Berlin changed course.

"So we're protecting Germany and they're delinquent. That doesn't make sense. So I said, we're going to bring down the count to 25,000 soldiers," Trump said.

His remarks reflected the first official confirmation of the cut, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal on June 5 and later confirmed to Reuters by a senior US official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

That official said it was the result of months of work by the US military leadership and had nothing to do with tensions between Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who thwarted his plan to host an in-person Group of Seven (G7) summit this month.

Emily Haber, German ambassador to the United States, told a virtual event on Monday that US troops were not there to defend Germany but to defend transatlantic security, and added that Berlin was informed of the troop reduction plan.

Last week, other sources familiar with the matter said a number of US officials at the White House, State Department and Pentagon were surprised by the decision and they offered explanations ranging from Trump's pique over the G7 to the influence of Richard Grenell, the former US ambassador to Germany and a Trump loyalist.