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Trump to take some troops from Germany and give them to Poland

Hmm. Maybe Germany is planning to attack Poland again.

Joking, joking, please, leave me alone.

President Trump is clearly making a point here, though, which is that Poland spends its fair share on NATO defense, and Germany does not.

According to the Washington Examiner:

President Trump plans for some of the 10,000 troops to be withdrawn from Germany to return to the United States, while Polish President Andrzej Duda said at the White House that he welcomes more U.S. troops in his country.

“We’re going to be reducing our forces in Germany. Some will be coming home, and some will be going to other places,” Trump said Wednesday at a Rose Garden press conference alongside Duda, the first foreign head of state to visit the U.S. after the coronavirus lockdown.

Trump railed on Germany again for not meeting a 2% defense goal set by NATO, calling the country “delinquent.” Trump also acknowledged that while the troop withdrawal sends a message to Russia, Germany’s energy purchases give off a stronger message.

“You’re sending billions of dollars to Russia, then we’re supposed to defend you from Russia?” Trump said rhetorically, referring to what he viewed as an imbalanced relationship.