President Trump defended the decision to pull 11,900 US military personnel from Germany, before attacking the country and calling them 'delinquent' during an interview which also covered Russia, on the White House lawn, on Wednesday.
Defence Secretary Mark Esper had publicly announced earlier on Wednesday that they will bring about 6,400 forces back home and move approximately 5,600 more to other countries in Europe. The proposed plan will leave about 24,000 troops in Germany.
«The United States has been taken advantage of for 25 years both on trade and on the military. We are protecting Germany. So we're reducing the force because they're not paying their bills, it's very simple. They're delinquent,» exclaimed Trump. The president went on to call Germany delinquent on multiple occasions throughout the interview.
Trump also touched on his conversation with Russia over nuclear arms agreement. «We are in formal negotiations with Russia on arms control, on nuclear arms control,» confirmed President Trump.
Trump was quizzed about his feelings towards reports that Russian bounties were being placed on American troops.
«I quickly read about it. And since then I've talked about it. [Former United States Secretary of State] Colin Powell says it's not true, Colin Powell is not exactly somebody that I'm a big fan of. Colin Powell says it's not true. Other people said not true. If it were true, I'd be very angry about it,» answered Trump.