The White House rejected the intention to punish Merkel by withdrawing the military from Germany

US President Donald Trump is not going to punish German Chancellor Angela Merkel for refusing to participate in person at the G7 summit by withdrawing the US military from Germany. This was stated by White House spokesman Kayleigh McEnany on June 10.

“He never decides to punish certain world leaders, he acts for the interests of the United States,” she said during the briefing.

At the same time the representative of the White House stressed that she couldn’t confirm the information about the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Germany.

On June 5, the mass media reported that the U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the Ministry of Defense to reduce the number of the U.S. contingent in Germany and withdraw 9.5 thousand troops out of almost 35 thousand by September this year.

Later, the Republicans called on the American leader not to reduce the number of American troops in Germany as it would allegedly strengthen Russia’s position to the detriment of the US interests.