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

June 20, 2020   |   by James G. Dalton

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.

US troops in Germany. Image: DPA/DW.com

“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.

via zerohedge

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  1. Tom

    June 20, 2020 @ 7:29 am

    I wonder what other inside information on Russia Menendez has that he is not sharing. How he is getting it may be interesting too. Where did he get Putin wants it. I think this is different than the little deal Obama was cooking with Putin during an election cycle and caught on tape too. Trump is a business animal where you can be friends with a competitor and still work to nudge them out of your economic interests. Our politicians are more the smile, shake your hand and hate your guts body language, air is too good for you type. I seriously doubt there is anything more than a high level understanding as people that their business is not about friendship. Poor Engle is off in an emotional snit again. That crowd is far to enamored with using emotion for control instead of rationality for understanding. Pulling out our troops, or voicing a plan to may just get Germany to get up to agreed upon support. 50K troops and all that entails is a lot money and 9,500 less is a significant savings. After the economic raping the Demos arranged with their ‘experts’ and science it makes saving on spending is a good thing as it is in general.

    • burri8

      June 20, 2020 @ 2:26 pm

      Well said. I, too wonder where they get that Putin wants it. We will still have troops over in Germany and could get more in if something was to happen over there. America wasn’t just born yesterday and they figured out a long time ago how to respond quickly if Russia causes any problems.

  2. Charles

    June 20, 2020 @ 3:05 pm

    Well let’s see here if my mind remembers correctly didn’t Germany just signed a multi year lease agreement with Russia to provide them the natural gas that Germany users and they build a pipeline from Russia to Germany wasn’t there some discussion about that here a while back yeah that’s what I thought

  3. Rayzor77

    June 20, 2020 @ 3:29 pm

    Dems don’t want military back in country when Trump wins election and they turn loose their brownshirt socialist warriors to burn down the country.

    • JanD

      June 20, 2020 @ 4:41 pm

      My thoughts exactly!

      • alicia Cervera

        June 20, 2020 @ 6:16 pm

        Agree totally!

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    June 20, 2020 @ 3:34 pm

    Funny how Germany is acting like Russia is a threat when Trump outed they were working with Russia on a pipeline and oil deal. You remember, it was at the same time he told them to pay their bills.

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