On Thursday, senators from both sides of the corridor asked the Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoHillicon Valley: House panel grills technology CEOs during highly anticipated hearing | TikTok makes the code public by pushing back against ‘bad information’ | Intel board room expands access to evidence of foreign misinformation Overnight Defense: US pulls 11,900 troops from Germany | Troop mixing costs ‘several billion dollars’ | Lawmakers fundraising plan Trump says he has not discussed alleged amounts of money with the Trump administration imposing new sanctions MORE on the decision to withdraw American troops from Germany, criticize the movement as allies that alienate and weaken the United States vis-à-vis Russia and China.
The Pentagon on Wednesday announced it will move forward President TrumpDonald John TrumpGovernors’ approval ratings fall as COVID-19 mount Gohmert says he will take hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 treatment as governor of Virginia, senators call for CDC help with coronavirus outbreak in the detention facility of MORE immigrantsThe previous call to move about 12,000 American troops from Germany, with more than half expected to return to the United States and the rest deployed to Europe.
Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee raised concerns with Pompeo about the decision.
Its. Mitt RomneyWillard (One Hundred) One Hundred RomneyGOP looks for “Plan B” as coronavirus talks hit Overnight Defense wall: US pulls 11,900 troops from Germany | Troop mixing costs ‘several billion dollars’ | Lawmakers fundraising plan Trump says he has not discussed alleged money with Putin Lawmakers to torch Trump’s plan to withdraw 11,900 troops from Germany MORE (R-Utah) said he had spoken to top levels of the German government, expressing that he found it an “insult to Germany” for the United States to take troops abroad.
“I can’t imagine a time when we have to take care of our friends and allies so that we can face China collectively, that we have to insult them,” he told Pompeo.
Romney is one of Trump’s most vocal Republican critics and called the initial announcement of the withdrawal of troops a “grave mistake” and a “slap in the face” for US allies to confront China. and Russia.
Its. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenOn The Money: Meadows Says Benefits Expire As Marketers Struggle To Get A Deal | Trump leads short – term pact The Fed keeps rates close to zero as the economy faces a blow from the coronavirus The Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Rep. Fred Upton says it’s “tragic” to see Americans deny masks of social breakdown; Russia claims to approve COVID-19 vaccine by mid-August The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by Facebook – Top tech executives testify at blockbuster antitrust hearing MORE (DN.H.), who is also a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, pressed the secretary on whether Germany was being considered and threatening the U.S.’s ability to deter Russia.
“I don’t understand, it was the effect of diplomatically alienating Germany – who is the richest and richest country in the EU, which has been a historical and strategic ally – has this also been considered? “Shaheen said.
The secretary reiterated that Germany is no longer a frontier country and said the United States had consulted with NATO on the decision to relocate troops.
“I am very confident that our mission to deter Russia, the NATO mission to deter Russia, we are still able to accomplish it completely,” the secretary said.
But You. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanSenate report says Russian oligarchs evading US sanctions by buying big tickets Hillicon Valley land: The Fed warns hackers to target critical infrastructure | A Twitter subscription service that explores a bill that gives the cyber agency DHS a subpoena of a defense spending passed by the Senate includes a clause that gives the cyber agency DHS a subpoena MORE (R-Ohio), while saying it supported the decision to move troops from Germany, expressed concern about the 6,400 U.S. soldiers expected to return to the United States
“I think troops moving out of Germany is a good idea, if they stay in Europe,” he said, calling for troops to be deployed in Poland, the Baltic states and Eastern Europe.
“I agree that Germany is not the right place for the number of troops we have; on the contrary, it should be closer to where the action is and sincerely the countries most at risk now,” he said.
Pompeo said the United States had not yet completed the defense cooperation agreement with Poland and deferred to the Department of Defense where those relocated troops would go.
Trump announced last month that he was looking forward to signing a defense cooperation agreement with the Polish president during his visit to the White House.