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Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Republican Leader on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), 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.

“I am concerned that significantly reducing the United States military footprint in Germany may do more to harm the national security interests of the US and our NATO allies and partners than it will to incentivize Germany to contribute more to our collective security,” said Lead Republican 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.”

“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.”

 

Lead Republican McCaul and Rep. Kinzinger 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.