After Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney voted earlier this year to convict President Donald Trump on one of the Democrats’ articles of impeachment, it became clear to many that he would use his seat in the Senate to harm the president’s agenda.
And he just proved that again this week.
According to the New York Post, Romney is leading a bipartisan effort against Trump’s decision to remove 25,000 American troops stationed in Germany.
Joining Romney’s anti-Trump crusade is Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, whom Hillary Clinton selected as her vice presidential candidate in the 2016 election.
“Romney (R-Utah) introduced a measure Monday alongside Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) prohibiting the White House from reducing the number of active-duty troops in the country below 34,500 without Congress confirming that such a move would not negatively impact European alliances or NATO,” the New York Post reported.
Romney and Democrats are trying to pass a measure that would prevent Trump from bringing American troops home overseas without approval from Congress.
Romney claims Trump is somehow “undermining” America’s alliances overseas by bringing American troops home to safety.
“We are very concerned about reports that the Administration is considering a significant reduction of U.S. troops currently based in Europe as well as a cap on the total number of U.S. troops which can be present there at any one time,” a letter read from the bill’s co-sponsors.
In the statement, Romney called the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Germany “a gift to Russia” and “the last thing we should be doing.”
“In addition to undermining our NATO alliance, a withdrawal would present serious logistical challenges and prevent our military from performing routine military readiness exercises. I urge my colleagues to take up our measure to prevent such a reduction in troops deployed to Germany,” Romney said.
“We cannot abandon our commitment to our allies, and instead must strengthen our alliances in order to rein in the world’s bad actors and promote the values of freedom and democracy around the world,” Romney added.
Buried deep in their letter, they did concede that Germany was deserving of some scrutiny.
“We strongly believe that NATO allies, such as Germany, should do more to contribute to our joint defense efforts. At the same time, we also know that the forward stationing of American troops since the end of World War II has helped to prevent another world war and, most importantly, has helped make America safer,” they wrote.
The move comes days after Trump announced that he planned to withdraw around 25,000 U.S. troops from Germany and accused the European nation of taking advantage of his administration by not paying its fair share to NATO.
The U.S. troops will be sent to Poland or they will be sent directly home to their families.