The United States have changed their minds to withdraw their troops from Germany. This is reported by Stars and Stripes referring to the head of the European Command of the U.S. Armed Forces, Toda Walters.
According to the general, the Pentagon has suspended preparations for withdrawal of troops at the moment. The new head of the agency, Lloyd Austin, has already begun a thorough review of the redeployment plan for U.S. troops to other countries in Europe proposed by the previous administration.
On July 29, 2020, then U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper announced that the Pentagon would withdraw about 11,900 troops stationed there from Germany and move the headquarters of the U.S. European Command to Belgium. According to the initial plan, about 5,600 of the transferred servicemen were to go to other NATO countries, and 6,400 more were to return to the USA and stay in Europe on the rotation basis.
The refusal to withdraw U.S. troops from Germany would continue the Joe Biden administration’s policy of reversing key decisions by former White House head Donald Trump. In particular, on his first day in office, Biden stopped the construction of the wall on the southern border, suspended the deportation of illegal migrants for the next 100 days, and lifted Trump’s ban on citizens of certain Muslim countries from entering the country.