The Defense Department is looking at a large scale withdrawal of US troops from Germany after growing tensions between President Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The Washington Post reports that Trump was taken aback by the number of US troops in the country, which is currently around 35,000 and is said to have complained that other countries were not paying enough to NATO.
Some European officials are said to alarmed at the possibility of US troop movements and wonder whether it is merely a negotiating tactic ahead of a NATO summit in Brussels.
Trump is expected to criticize US allies for insufficient defense spending during the summit.
Additionally some US officials have also tried to dissuade Trump from taking action.
Trump is reportedly weighing options for a large scale withdrawal of troops from Germany amid growing tensions with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (right)
The US currently has 35,000 troops in Germany and Trump has repeatedly said he is displeased with NATO allies failing to spend their two per cent GDP on defense
However, US officials, who spoke to the Post said that thus far the exercise is still in the internal exploration phase