Biden to review Trump move pulling troops from Germany if elected, aide says
Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden would review President Trump’s controversial decision to withdraw thousands of troops from Germany, according to a top Biden campaign aide.
“We would review all of the decisions that President Trump has taken, including that one,” Antony Blinken, Biden’s senior adviser for foreign policy, told Reuters an interview Wednesday.
Blinken told the newswire the issue over Trump’s decision “certainly begins with the way it was done,” referring to the fact that Trump did not consult Germany before.
“But we have a profound problem with the substance of it as well,” he added.
President Trump confirmed last month his administration plans to cut the U.S. troop size in Germany roughly in half. The decision drew backlash from both sides of the aisle.
Blinken also told the newswire that Biden would seek to use NATO to address Chinese threats to global security, including potentially efforts by Chinese-company Huawei to help build out 5G communication networks in European countries including Germany.
U.S. sanctions against Huawei, have prompted European countries to consider whether to allow the company’s involvement, Reuters notes.
“It is a problem, it’s a real problem, and it’s one that we need urgently to address, but we need to address it together, not divided,” Blinken said.