Democrats Introduce Bill to Block Trump’s Withdrawal of Troops From Germany

Rep. Engel suggests Trump did this because Putin wanted it

Initially announced weeks ago and announced against just a few days ago, the US plan to cut US troops from Germany remains controversial, and Democrats are pushing a bill in both the House and the Senate aimed at blocking the move.

Introduced by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the bill would prohibit any withdrawal of forces in Europe without meeting a number of conditions. The bill is aimed specifically at precluding the Germany drawdown.

Rep. Engel called it an overwhelming bipartisan rebuke to Trump’s scheme, and claimed that the only reason the cuts were being pushed was that Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted them, and Trump was willing to oblige.

A lot of the specifics are not clear on this. Germany has said several times they’ve never been informed of the cuts by the US. Top US Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian confirmed against Thursday that he has not received any orders on a Germany cut, even though as the head of the US Air Force in Europe, he’d be expected to do a lot of this.

Author: Jason Ditz

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