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Kinzinger, McCaul Letter to POTUS on Troops in Germany

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Washington, June 23, 2020 | Maura Gillespie (2022253635) | comments
Congressman Kinzinger leads a letter with Ranking Member McCaul urging President Trump to keep U.S. troops in Germany.
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Washington, DC – Yesterday, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Congressman Michael McCaul (R-CA), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, sent a letter with their colleagues to President Trump over his administration’s plans to significantly reduce the number of American service members stationed in Germany.

“The United States is the most powerful country in the world with the greatest military in the world, and our troops stationed abroad serve a critical role in representing this nation, our freedoms, our democracy. I’m deeply concerned by the decision to move troops out of Germany,” said Congressman Kinzinger. “While we certainly commend any effort to strengthen our position in other NATO nations, we cannot do so at the detriment of Germany. As our letter states, we urge the President to take these issues into consideration, but also to recognize the value of our alliances and the efforts we’ve made from this strategic positioning in Germany.”

“I am concerned that significantly reducing the United States military footprint in Germany may do more to harm to the national security interests of the US and our NATO allies and partners than it will to incentive Germany to contribute more to our collective security,” said Ranking Member McCaul. “I look forward to engaging with the Administration on this issue and being briefed on the future of US military posture in Europe and the Indo Pacific. I also look forward to discussing their strategy to ensure US interests, and those of our NATO allies and other partners, are best served in the face of aggression from the Putin regime and the Chinese Communist Party.”

Congressman Kinzinger, who spoke out against the decision earlier in the month, and Ranking Member McCaul were joined by Reps. Ann Wagner (R-MO), Joe Wilson (R-SC), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and John Curtis (R-UT) in sending this letter to the White House. The full text of the letter can be found here and it is also attached as a PDF.

 

MEDIA COVERAGE:

CNNMore House Republicans urge Trump against drawing down US troops in Germany

Fox NewsHouse Republicans urge Trump to reconsider US troop withdrawal from Germany

The Washington TimesRepublicans urge Trump to reconsider Germany troop reduction

BloombergHouse Republicans Urge Trump to Keep U.S. Troops in Germany

  

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