Politics Compromise defense bill offers rebuke of Trump's Germany drawdown

22:31  03 december  2020
22:31  03 december  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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President Donald Trump ’ s plans to withdraw 10,000 U.S. troops from Germany will take years to execute, according to the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Trump administration officials have been planning for the last two months to begin a major drawdown of troops from Germany .

Trump defended the decision Wednesday, saying the troop drawdown was taking place because Berlin was not spending the NATO target of 2% of its GDP on defense and because Germany was taking "advantage" of the US. "We spend a lot of money on Germany , they take advantage of us on

Language aimed at constraining President Trump's ability to withdraw thousands of U.S. troops from Germany has made it in the compromise version of the annual defense policy bill, three House aides familiar with the bill told The Hill.

a man in a military vehicle: Compromise defense bill offers rebuke of Trump's Germany drawdown © The Hill Compromise defense bill offers rebuke of Trump's Germany drawdown

"There is language that prevents reduction in the number of U.S. forces stationed in Germany below 34,500 until 120 days after the secretary of Defense submits an assessment and planning regarding the implications for allies, costs, military families, deterrence and other key issues," one of the aides said.

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Congress is readying proposals to rebuke President Donald Trump ’ s plans to pull about 10,000 U.S As Trump confirmed rumored plans to draw down American military personnel levels in Germany in Mitt Romney proposed an amendment to the Senate’s version of the annual defense policy bill that

President Donald Trump has threatened to veto the NDAA unless it contains a repeal to a legal shield for social media companies. “We worked hard to craft a bipartisan defense bill that actually focuses on national defense . It would be irresponsible of President Trump to hold the well-being of our troops

The compromise bill also "expresses the sense of Congress emphasizing the value of U.S. forces in Germany and the U.S-German alliance," the aide added.

The issue could become a moot point after President-elect Joe Biden takes office in January. Biden's advisers have said he will review Trump's plan, and given his pledge to restore traditional U.S. alliances, he is widely expected to kill the troop drawdown.

But the language's inclusion in the compromise National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is yet another bipartisan rebuke of Trump in his final weeks in office.

Trump lost two high-profile fights for which he threatened to veto the NDAA.

Trump first threatened to veto the bill over language requiring the Pentagon to rename Confederate-named military bases. Both the initial House and Senate versions included a form of the requirement.

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Trump said on Monday he would reduce the number of U. S . troops in Germany to 25,000, faulting Berlin for failing to meet NATO' s defense spending target and accusing it of taking advantage of the United States on trade. The troop reduction would be a remarkable rebuke to one of the closest U. S

As long as Trump has a veto-proof majority of support, the NDAA will be dead in the water if Congress fails to act. Perhaps now is the time to contact your representatives to urge them to do the right thing and hold Silicon Valley accountable for trampling the First Amendment.

The compromise bill has the Senate language, which requires Confederate names to be stripped from military bases and other Pentagon property in three years.

Video: Trump threatens to veto defense bill unless Congress repeals Section 230 (The Washington Post)

On Tuesday night, Trump issued a new veto threat, saying the NDAA must include unrelated legislation to repeal a tech liability shield known as Section 230.

But on Wednesday, lawmakers moved ahead with finalizing an agreement that excludes language on Section 230, defying the latest veto threat.

Trump doubled down Thursday on his insistence that a Section 230 repeal be included in the defense bill, signaling the veto showdown is alive.

Congressional negotiators began signing the compromise, known as a conference report, Wednesday evening, but the full text has not yet been released.

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President Trump last week called for Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to be repealed to protect national security. Now he' s going further, promising to veto the National Defense Authorization Act unless the section that protects Big Tech companies from liability for their content is

Trump has called protesters "anarchists and agitators." One difference between the House and Senate bills is how they deal with Trump ' s plan to remove some U.S. troops from Germany . The House bill includes a provision that would bar a drawdown of U.S. forces in Germany or elsewhere in Europe

Language on Trump's Germany withdrawal was included in the version of the NDAA the House passed in July after being approved by the House Armed Services Committee in a bipartisan 49-7 vote. The amendment was sponsored by Reps. Ruban Gallego (D-Ariz.) and Don Bacon (R-Neb.).

The Senate did not have a similar provision in its bill, but there was bipartisan opposition to Trump's plan in both chambers of Congress. Still, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) supports Trump's drawdown, which raised questions about whether the language would survive negotiations on the final bill.

The version in the compromise bill differs slightly from Gallego and Bacon's original amendment, which would have blocked funding to reduce the number of troops in Germany until the Defense secretary and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff separately certify that reducing the number of American troops in Germany is in America's best interest and would not significantly undermine U.S. and allies' security, among other criteria.

Trump announced the drawdown in June as punishment for Germany not spending more on defense.

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NATO allies agreed in 2014 to each spend 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense by 2024, but Germany is not on track to meet the goal.

In July, then-Defense Secretary Mark Esper outlined a plan to fulfill Trump's order by withdrawing about 11,900 of the 36,000 U.S. troops in Germany. About 5,600 of them would move elsewhere in Europe, while about 6,400 would return to the United States. Some of those coming back to the United States would become rotational forces that return to Europe.

Pentagon officials have insisted the drawdown is a strategic realignment of forces, but Trump has continued to blame Germany's defense spending.

At a September House Armed Services hearing, lawmakers in both parties tore into Pentagon officials when they could not answer basic questions about the plan such as cost, consultations with allies, the department's decision-making process and how the move would affect U.S. deterrence against Russia.

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