Poll Shows Germans Want Trump to Follow Through With Troop Pullout Threat

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Last month, US media reported that the Trump administration commissioned a Pentagon report considering Washington’s options regarding its 35,000 troop-strong presence in Germany after the president expressed surprise at the cost of maintaining the presence.

A YouGov poll commissioned by the German Press Agency found that a plurality of Germans would welcome a US withdrawal from their country. 

42% of those polled said they support withdrawal, with 37% against, and 21% undecided. 

The poll also found that supporters of the left-wing The Left party and the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) parties were more likely to back US exit, with 67% of The Left supporters and 55% of AfD supporters in favor of the idea.

Supporters of the Green Party, Chancellor Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, the Social Democratic Party, and the Free Democratic Union were less likely to support withdrawal, with 48%, 35%, 42% and 37% in favor, respectively.

Germans also proved resistant to President Trump’s demand that NATO members increase defense spending to at least 2% of GDP, with just 15% of those polled agreeing on the need for a spending increase, while 36% said Berlin already spends too much on defense.

The US established its presence in Germany after World War II, justifying it during the Cold War as a deterrent to the Soviet Union. Following the Soviet collapse in 1991, and the remaining Soviet…

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