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“Putin Wanted It”: Dems Introduce Bill To Block Trump’s Germany Troop Draw Down

Sen. Menendez: “This drawdown weakens America and Europe. And Vladimir Putin understands and appreciates that better than anyone.”

Earlier this month the White House controversially ordered a significant troop draw down from Germany after a decades-long build up as part of Cold War era deals. On June 5th President Trump directed the Pentagon to withdraw 9,500 US troops from Germany by September, following years of the administration severely criticizing lack of enough military spending from its NATO ally.

A number of reports suggested a broader US troop pullout from Germany was popular among the German public, and some say that even within the ranks of the US military it is seen as a good thing – or rather Trump making good on prior ‘America first’ promises involving not being a global policeman. However, a number of retired generals have spoken out against it.

But now Congressional Democrats are seeking to block the Germany drawdown. The bill introduced this week by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) imposes a number of severe conditions which most likely preclude such a troop exit.

“The current U.S. troop presence in Germany is in the U.S. national security interest. Full stop,” Menendez said in a statement, according The Hill.

Amazingly, the senator pulled the ‘Putin wanted it’ card, again suggesting that somehow Trump’s major foreign policy decisions are ultimately at the bidding of the Kremlin:

“The administration has made no effort to explain how our country is stronger because of this drawdown decision. Because we’re not. This drawdown weakens America and Europe. And Vladimir Putin understands and appreciates that better than anyone.”

The Democratic leaders say they have bi-partisan support for blocking a Germany troop reduction.

Meanwhile Engel also played the Russia card, given the initial decades-long build-up of forces at multiple major bases in Germany were during the Cold War and aimed at the Soviets.

Engel said “rather than heeding the overwhelming bipartisan rebuke from Congress about this scheme and its catastrophic consequences, President Trump has once again made foreign policy decisions based solely on his absurd affection for Vladimir Putin, a murderous dictator who has attacked America and our allies.”

Given the number of anti-Russia hawks among Congressional Republicans, the Dems are indeed likely to gain bipartisan support in their efforts to stymie a troop reduction.

Trump’s proposed reduction would result in a new “cap” of 25,000 maximum troop levels in the country. The WSJ had previously noted that “Under current practice, overall troop levels can rise to as high as 52,000 as units rotate in and out or take part in training exercises.”

It’s commonly estimated that about 34,500 US troops are permanently assigned to Germany.

https://www.zerohedge.com/political/putin-wanted-it-dems-introduce-bill-block-trumps-germany-troop-draw-down

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MHC
MHC
June 20, 2020

I know it’s not his style but it would be entertaining if Putin trolled the dims and endorsed Biden.

Run Lola Run
Run Lola Run
Reply to  MHC
June 20, 2020

I think electing an aardvark would serve America better than the current offing.

BobValdez
BobValdez
Reply to  Run Lola Run
June 21, 2020

Agreed, however, that is insulting to Aardvarks.

Skewed Knowledge
Skewed Knowledge
Reply to  BobValdez
June 21, 2020

True, the dimsters and neoconnivers would just train him to sniff out imaginary Russian moles, like they do now.
 
New Knowledge has a host of Vault 7 moles with bad russian accents ready to unleash into the wild, for aardvark training purposes only of course.

Boilerplate Special of the Day
Boilerplate Special of the Day
June 20, 2020

Reducing America’s electorate to the level of five year olds with ‘special needs’. Works every time.

BobValdez
BobValdez
June 21, 2020

“It’s commonly estimated that about 34,500 US troops are permanently assigned to Germany.”
10,000 of those are actual ‘combat’ troops, the rest are service ‘Kling-ons’.

Skewed Knowledge
Skewed Knowledge
Reply to  BobValdez
June 21, 2020

Kling-ons, eh? Somebody had to replace the Stasi.

Democrats' Dystopia
Democrats' Dystopia
June 22, 2020

Oh yeah, Putin definitely wanted US troops moved from a Germany where they might actually veto their use into crazy Poland, where they’d encourage it. Yeah, makes super sense, Dimos. You keep up that Sherlock Holmes stuff. It serves you well. 😉

The Biden Bolton Ticket
The Biden Bolton Ticket
Reply to  Democrats' Dystopia
June 23, 2020

Do you think the average voter could string that logic together without ensnarling themselves in it and tripping head first into a wall?

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