Mitt Romney Breaks With Trump, Moves To Block Decision To Remove Troops From Germany


Mitt Romney did it again and will attempt to block a Trump administration proposal and this time he is not alone.

Joining him in trying to block Trump’s decision to drastically reduce the number of troops we have in Germany is Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham.

They want to add some conditions if Trump decides to pull the troops – Trump has not officially decided to make the move and he has talked about moving them to Poland.

From The Hill:

The proposal, spearheaded by Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), would prohibit the administration from reducing the number of active-duty troops in Germany below 34,500 unless the Pentagon can certify to Congress that it is in the national security interest of the United States and would not negatively undermine European alliances or NATO.

It would also require the Defense secretary to certify that the move would not impact the U.S. military’s ability to “execute contingency plans,” wouldn’t negatively impact ongoing operations, won’t impact military families and that the Pentagon has consulted with allies including NATO and Germany. 

Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Christopher Coons (D-Del.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) are co-sponsoring the proposal. 

The senators want to get it included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a mammoth defense policy bill set to be debated by the Senate this week. Hundreds of amendments are filed to the NDAA every year but only a handful normally end up getting a roll-call vote on the floor. 

In addition to Romney’s amendment, Graham filed a separate proposal throwing the Senate’s support behind the U.S.-Germany relationship.


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