U.S. President Joe Biden has decided to freeze the implementation of his predecessor Donald Trump's plan to withdraw 12,000 U.S. troops from Germany. This was announced by officials from the U.S. presidential administration, The New York Times reports.
Jake Sullivan, White House National Security Adviser, called the decision “a global force posture review.” Biden ordered the Pentagon to conduct a review of how the country’s troops are deployed across the world.
It is reported that Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III "in the process of conducting a very, very thorough review" of Trump's plan to reduce the number of troops in the region.
As we reported earlier, former Pentagon chief Mark Esper linked the need to strengthen the U.S. military presence in Eastern Europe with the threat coming from Russia.
"We need to redeploy forces because we know the threats related to Russia that our allies face. We need to move our forces east," he noted.
It was initially scheduled to deploy the troops from Germany to Baltic countries, Poland, Bulgaria, and Romania.