The Department of Defense reportedly analyzed the ongoing costs of retaining thousands of US soldiers stationed in Germany as President Trump Donald John TrumpMike Huckabee: If Trump nominated Moses to the Supreme Court, Trump would still be unhappy The US intervener is to arrest the migrant families for months in an immigration procedure: Report ICE chief to protesters: We are not the ones who separate families Considered to reduce the armed forces in the region.
The investigation is limited to internal research and does not involve members of the military.
The analysis comes after Trump was surprised during a White House meeting earlier this year when he was about 35,000 Soldiers learned of the US deployment in the country.
The President has repeatedly complained that NATO countries, including Germany, are not making their contribution to defense spending in the Alliance.
However, NATO and German officials have been unnerved by the move that accompanies growing tensions between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the President.
A Pentagon spokesman denied that the government was considering withdrawing troops from Germany, He said the US and the Trump government remain committed to the NATO alliance.
"The Pentagon regularly reviews army attitudes and conducts cost-benefit analyzes," said Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon in a statement. Germany is hosting the largest US presence in Europe ̵
A photo published earlier this month on Merkel's Instagram account quickly became viral after users noticed that it showed the two conflict leaders while Merkel was watching over Trump's enthroned leaders.