Senators from both sides of the alley questioned the foreign minister on Thursday Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoHillicon Valley: House Panel Grills Technical Directors During Expected Antitrust Negotiations | TikTok publish code as it pushes back against “misinformation” House Intel panel expands access to foreign misinformation evidence Overnight Defense: US withdraws 11,900 troops from Germany | The military shuffles “several billion” dollars Trump’s lawmaking plan claims it did not discuss alleged rewards with Putin Trump on the decision to withdraw US troops from Germany and criticize the move as alienating the Allies and weakening the United States against Russia and China.
The Pentagon announced on Wednesday that it would move on President TrumpDonald John Trump Government approval declines as COVID-19 cases Mount Gohmert says he will take hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 healer in Virginia, senators ask for CDC assistance in coronavirus outbreak at immigrant detention facility MOREA previous call to move about 12,000 US troops from Germany, with more than half expected to return to the United States and the remaining troops deployed in Europe.
Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have raised concerns about Pompeo regarding this decision.
Its. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGOP hunts for “Plan B” as coronavirus talks hit wall overnight Defense: US withdraws 11,900 troops from Germany | The army shuffles for “several billion” dollars Trump’s lawmaking plan says Trump Putin Lawmakers did not discuss the alleged rewards The plan pulled 11,900 soldiers from Germany MORE (R-Utah) said he spoke to the highest level of the German government, which said it considered it an “insult to Germany” that the US would withdraw troops from the country.
“I can’t imagine that we should draw among our friends and allies so that we can face China together that we want to insult them,” he told Pompe.
Romney is one of Trump’s most notorious Republican critics, calling the initial statement to remove the troops a “serious mistake” and a “slap in the face” by allies the US has to face China and Russia.
Its. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenOn The Money: Meadows says benefits expire when negotiators struggle for a deal | The Fed’s short-term trump card keeps rates close to zero as economies face a coronavirus blow. Report The Hill’s Coronavirus: Rep. Fred Upton says it’s “tragic” to see Americans reject masks, social distancing; Russia says it will approve COVID-19 by mid-August. The Hill’s Report 12:30 – Facebook Presentation – Top executives test antitrust hearing in blockbuster MORE (DN.H.), who is also a member of the Senate Armed Forces Committee, called on the secretary to take into account the alienation of Germany and jeopardize the US’s ability to deter Russia.
“I do not understand, it was the result of the diplomatic alienation of Germany – which is the largest and richest country in the EU, which has been a historical and strategic ally – has this been taken into account? “Shaheen said.
The secretary pushed back that Germany was no longer a front-line country and said that the United States had consulted with NATO on the decision to relocate troops.
“I am very convinced that our mission to discourage Russia, NATO’s mission to discourage Russia, we are still able to do it,” the secretary said.
And yet. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanSenate Report Says Russian Oligarchs Avoid US Sanctions by Buying Big-Ticket Art Hillicon Valley: Feds Warn Critical Infrastructure Hackers | Twitter Exploring Subscription Service Bill would give power to summon DHS Cyber Agency Senate approved defense spending bill includes clause on DHS Cyber Agency powers (R-Ohio), although he said he supported the decision to move troops from Germany, expressed concern over the expected return of 6,400 US troops to the United States.
“I think moving troops from Germany is a good idea if they stay in Europe,” he said, calling for troops to be deployed to Poland, the Baltic states and Eastern Europe.
“I agree that Germany is not the right place for the number of units we have; rather, it should be closer to the venue and, frankly, to the countries most at risk right now, ”he said.
Pompeo said the United States had not yet finalized a defense cooperation agreement with Poland and postponed the Department of Defense to which the 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.