German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has suggested that should a new administration take over the White House in January 2021 there will be a chance that the US reverses its earlier decision to withdraw around 9,500 of its soldiers from military bases in Germany.
"During the election campaign, we heard from the Democrats that they aim to look into these plans again very thoroughly. [...] We'll have to see whether this means that the decision will be completely revoked or only adjusted in certain parts", the minister said.
Kramp-Karrenbauer went on to dismiss the idea of a European strategic autonomy, earlier pitched by French President Emmanuel Macron, arguing that the EU still needs both the US and the NATO alliance to ensure its security.
"The idea of a strategic autonomy of Europe goes too far if it nurtures the illusion that we could ensure Europe's security, stability and prosperity without NATO and the US", she stated.
The defence minister elaborated on the topic noting that it would take the EU decades in order to assemble the amount of conventional and strategic armaments, which NATO and the US currently provide for the safety of the continent.
While Kramp-Karrenbauer's hopes of returning the amount of US soldiers deployed in the country to around 25,000 are not without hope, they are not guaranteed either. Democrat Joe Biden promised to rebuild the trust between the US and its foreign allies, purportedly damaged by President Trump, if he becomes president. Biden is currently projected to win the Electoral College voting by most news networks, but his opponent, Donald Trump is challenging the election results in several states via a string of lawsuits over alleged voter fraud.
In July, the Trump administration moved forward with a decision to cut the US military presence in Germany to half of its then-deployed 25,000 servicemen. Washington justified the move by Berlin's refusal to meet the voluntary NATO goal of spending 2% of a country's GDP on defence.