German minister on relations with US: ‘It’s complicated’

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s top diplomat says ties with the United States are “complicated” and he fears America’s domestic discord could further fuel international tensions. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in an interview published Sunday that if the U.S. goes ahead with plans to withdraw thousands of troops stationed in Germany then Berlin would “take note of this.” Maas told weekly Bild am Sonntag that Germany “values the cooperation with U.S. forces that has grown over decades. It is in the interest of both our countries.” The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that President Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Germany by 9,500.