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NATO Chief Says U.S. Offered Europe Assurances on Troop Changes

  • Stoltenberg says Mark Esper vowed to ‘consult’ allies
  • Assurance made in talks on U.S. plan for troop cut in Germany
Jens Stoltenberg
Jens Stoltenberg Photographer: John Thys/AFP via Getty Images

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the U.S. assured its alliance partners that it would consult them on changes to the deployment of American troops in Europe after a plan to cut their numbers in Germany sewed confusion.

Stoltenberg said U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper made the pledge during a video conference Wednesday with his counterparts from the 30-nation North Atlantic Treaty Organization. President Donald Trump on Monday unexpectedly announced a plan to reduce American forces in Germany by a quarter, a move that left governments across Europe seeking more details.