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* The White House has directed the Pentagon to pull thousands of US troops out of Germany, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing US officials.
* The WSJ reported that 9,500 US troops would be removed and a cap of 25,000 would be placed on the number of troops in country. CNN reported the first figure as a tentative figure.
* The move comes after repeated criticisms by members of the Trump administration, including the president, targeting Germany for not spending enough on its defense.
President Donald Trump has directed the Pentagon to pull thousands of US troops out of Germany, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.
The planned withdrawal would reduce the US troop presence in Germany by 9,500 and cap the total number of US troops in country at 25,000, The WSJ reported, explaining that there are currently 34,500 troops permanently assigned there with potential for increase up to 52,000 if necessary.
A defense official confirmed the report to CNN, but said that 9,500 is a tentative planning figure. A formal movement order has not yet been sent out but is expected in the near future.
US officials told The WSJ Friday that the White House called for the reduction in a memo signed by White House National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien.
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