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World Cheney blasts Trump move to draw down troops in Germany: 'Dangerously misguided'

01:00  07 june  2020
01:00  07 june  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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Troops would either be redeployed elsewhere or return home, US media report, citing a government official. Tensions between the US and its Nato allies have increased under Mr Trump . The US military presence in Germany is a legacy of the post-World War Two Allied occupation of the country.

Warsaw has set its hopes on hosting some of the US troops reportedly preparing to leave Germany on Donald Trump 's orders, Poland's prime minister has Reuters and the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that the Trump administration is moving to reduce the size of its army contingent in Germany

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) slammed President Trump's decision to draw down troops in Germany, warning the decision was "dangerously misguided."

Liz Cheney wearing glasses: Cheney blasts Trump move to draw down troops in Germany: 'Dangerously misguided' © Greg Nash Cheney blasts Trump move to draw down troops in Germany: 'Dangerously misguided'

"This is a dangerously misguided policy. If the United States abandons allies, withdraws our forces, and retreats within our borders, the cause of freedom-on which our nation was founded & our security depends-will be in peril," Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House and a top foreign policy hawk, tweeted Saturday.

The rebuke comes after Trump directed the Pentagon to send 9,500 troops home from Germany, which would bring the total stationed there down to 25,000.

A defense official told The Wall Street Journal the plan, which was ordered by national security adviser Robert O'Brien, has been underway since September and is not related to rising tensions between Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"The United States remains committed to working with our strong ally Germany to ensure our mutual defense, as well as on many other important issues," said National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot.

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Mr. Trump remained cloistered inside, periodically sending out Twitter messages like “LAW & ORDER!” until the evening While some aides urged him to keep off Twitter, Mr. Trump could not resist blasting out a string of messages earlier in Vice President Dick Cheney was brought to the bunker on Sept.

President stuns NATO allies, including Germany , with unilateral move seen as benefit to Russia. Perhaps only President Donald Trump could turn a withdrawal of troops into an act of aggression. Germany , in turn, has pushed back harder than nearly any other NATO ally against Trump 's criticism

Democrats have come out in force against the withdrawal, saying it could further strain relations with Berlin and pave the way for Russian President Vladimir Putin to have more sway in Europe.

"This order is petty and preposterous. It's another favor to Putin and another leadership failure by this Administration that further strains relations with our allies," Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement.

"Vladimir Putin must be delighted that the American president is gutting our own deterrent against Russian aggression in Europe. And the President's insulting dismissal of one of our most important relationships because of a personal vendetta confirms that he lacks moral leadership, respect for our allies, and understanding of our national security interests," added Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

SPD sees Trump's lonely decision to withdraw US troops .
Berlin, Jun 16 (Reuters) - The SPD sees the announced reduction in US troops in Germany as a single act by US President Donald Trump. Group leader Rolf Mützenich spoke on Tuesday in Berlin of a "very lonely decision" by Trump. Its announcement was "highly controversial" in the United States. In the US Congress and the military, it is known what a troop reduction means for the movement possibilities of the US armed forces, for which Germany is an important anchor point.

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