With this trick, US senators want to stop Trump’s withdrawal of troops from Germany
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The planned withdrawal of US soldiers from Germany meets with resistance from Republicans and Democrats. To prevent President Donald Trump from doing his job, leading senators from both parties have agreed on an unusual approach.
FLeading US senators from both parties want to prevent President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of American troops from Germany by law. The group placed a budgetary requirement in the Senate before the defense budget was passed, the Republican Senator Mitt Romney’s office said on Monday (local time).
Budget funds should only be used for a deduction if the Defense Minister explains in a report to the Congress that this is in the interests of national security and does not endanger the security of the European NATO partners.
“The withdrawal of US troops from Germany would be a gift to Russia – and that’s the last thing we should do,” said former Republican presidential candidate Romney. Trump’s close confidante, Senator Lindsey Graham, also supported the move.
Democrat Chris Coons said: “Withdrawing nearly 10,000 soldiers from Germany without consulting the German government and our other European allies does not make America any safer.” Democrat Jeanne Shaheen said that troop presence in Germany was in the mutual interest.
In the House of Representatives, too, there is opposition to withdrawal plans from both Republicans and Democrats. The Democrats also submitted an application there to prevent troops from Germany from leaving the household.
Trump can order the partial withdrawal as commander-in-chief of the armed forces – however, it will take money to carry it out, which Congress must approve. Until the approval of the military budget (NDAA), there will probably still be compromises and deals, which could result in Trump’s requests being blocked.
Trump wants to reduce the number of US troops in Germany from a good 34,500 to 25,000. With the partial deduction, he wants to punish Germany for what he considers to be insufficient defense expenditure. Some of the soldiers withdrawn from Germany should then strengthen the units in Poland, as Trump said last week.