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At the same time, NATO secretary-general confirmed that President Donald Trump had decided on the withdrawal without informing the alliance in advance.

On Monday (15 June), US President Donald Trump confirmed previous media reports he will halve the number of US troops in Germany from 52,000 to 25,000 because Berlin is “delinquent” in contributions to NATO and treats the United States “badly” on trade.

According to reports, Trump took this decision, angered by the refusal of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to attend physically a G7 summit hosted by the US.

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