Russian media stunned by chaos in US and claims “America is dying”

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This week, US President Donald Trump reiterated his intention to move forward with reducing the US military presence in Germany, without any consultation with Berlin. And even as members of the US Congress and US allies abroad have expressed concerns about the pullout, the Trump administration’s decision has thrilled the Kremlin and the Russian media.In June, 22 Republican members of the House Armed Services Committee urged Trump not to go ahead with the decision, saying in a letter: “We believe such measures would seriously undermine U.S. national security and would strengthen Russia’s position towards us. to the detriment… In Europe, the threats posed by Russia have not abated, and we believe that signs of weakened American engagement with NATO will encourage further Russian aggression and opportunism.

German officials called the move politically motivated. While Trump claimed the pullout was based on Germany failing to meet NATO’s goal of spending 2% of its GDP on defense, Belgium and Italy – the two countries that will receive part of the US troops from Germany – spend an even smaller percentage on defense. This move will cost US taxpayers billions of dollars and undermine NATO alliances.

Meanwhile, when the intention to reduce the US contingent in Germany was first announced, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the Kremlin “would welcome any move from Washington to reduce its military presence in Europe, ”brazenly declaring the United States to take home not only its troops, but also its tactical nuclear weapons.

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