Senators on both sides of the aisle questioned the secretary of state on Thursday Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoGilicon Valley: Technical style grill panel during the long-awaited antitrust hearing | TikTok will release the code because it is based on “misinformation” Intel’s dashboard expands access to foreign evidence of misinformation. Overnight Defense: The United States will withdraw 11,900 troops from Germany The relocation of troops will cost “several billion” dollars Plan of gathering of legislative actors Trump says he has not discussed alleged shelters with the Putin administration. Trump imposes new sanctions on Syria MORE because of the decision to withdraw American troops from Germany, criticizing the move as alienating allies and weakening the United States in the face of Russia and China.
The Pentagon announced on Wednesday that it would move on President TrumpDonald John Trump. Governors’ approval ratings fall when cases of COVID-19 homer Homer says he will take hydroxychloroquine, how to treat Virginia Gov. COVID-19, senators ask CDC for help with coronavirus outbreak in isolation MOREEarlier, about 12,000 US troops were called to cross from Germany, with more than half expected to return to the United States and the rest stationed in Europe.
Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have expressed concern with Pompeo about the decision.
Him. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGOP hunts for “Plan B” when coronavirus talks hit the wall Defense overnight: US pulls 11,900 troops out of Germany | The relocation of troops will cost “several billion” dollars Plan of gathering of legislative actors Trump says he has not discussed alleged supporters with Putin’s lawmakers who plan to withdraw 11,900 troops from Germany MORE (R-Utah) said he had spoken to the highest levels of the German government, who said they considered “an insult to Germany” that the United States would withdraw troops from the country.
“I can’t imagine when we need to appeal to our friends and allies so that we can collectively oppose China, that we want to offend them,” Pompeo said.
Romney is one of Trump’s most vocal Republican critics, calling the initial withdrawal a “serious mistake” and a “slap in the face” to allies who need the United States to stand up to China and Russia.
Him. Zhanna ShahinCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne Shahin About money: Meadows says the benefits end when negotiators struggle to make a deal | Trump puts forward a short-term pact | The FRD keeps rates almost zero as the economy faces coronavirus. Hill Coronavirus Report: Reporter Fred Upton says it’s “tragic” to see Americans discard masks and social backwardness; Russia says it will approve the COVID-19 vaccine by mid-August. Hill Report at 12:30 – Presented by Facebook – Top technology executives testify to antitrust hearing of blockbuster MORE (DN.H.), who is also a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, pressured the secretary on whether alienating Germany was being taken into account and whether the US ability to contain Russia was threatened.
“I do not understand whether there was an effect of diplomatic alienation from Germany – who is the largest and richest country in the EU, which was a historical, strategic ally – was this also taken into account? “- said Shahin.
The secretary said that Germany was no longer a front-line country and said that the United States had consulted with NATO on a decision to redeploy troops.
“I am very confident that our mission is to contain Russia, NATO’s mission is to contain Russia, we are still able to do that,” he said.
But you. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanSenate reports that Russian oligarchs are evading US sanctions by buying Hilicon Valley art tickets: Feders warn hackers targeting critical infrastructure | Twitter is exploring the subscription service The bill will give the cyber agency DHS the power to summon to the Senate a bill on defense spending passed by the Senate, which includes an article that gives DHS a cyber agency a subpoena MORE (R-Ohio), saying it supports the decision to move troops from Germany, expressed concern that 6,400 American soldiers expected to return to the United States
“I think that withdrawing troops from Germany is a good idea if they stay in Europe,” he said, urging troops to move to Poland, the Baltic states and Eastern Europe.
“I agree that Germany is not the right place for the number of troops we have; rather, it should be closer to where they operate, and frankly, the countries that are most at risk now, ”he said.
Pompeo said that the United States has not yet fulfilled the agreement on defense cooperation with Poland, and moved to the Ministry of Defense, where these redistributed troops are going.
Trump announced last month that he hopes to sign a defense cooperation agreement with the President of Poland during a visit to the White House.