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Cheney blasts Trump move to draw down troops in Germany: 'Dangerously misguided'

Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyHouse GOP warns Biden against lifting sanctions on Iran Cheney rejects Trump's 'America First' foreign policy as dangerous isolationism Liz Cheney: GOP must not 'trivialize' gravity of Capitol riot MORE (R-Wyo.) slammed President TrumpDonald TrumpRomney: 'Pretty sure' Trump would win 2024 GOP nomination if he ran for president Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Study Committee Trump says 'no doubt' Tiger Woods will be back after accident MORE’s decision to draw down troops in Germany, warning the decision was “dangerously misguided.”

“This is a dangerously misguided policy. If the United States abandons allies, withdraws our forces, and retreats within our borders, the cause of freedom—on which our nation was founded & our security depends—will be in peril,” Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House and a top foreign policy hawk, tweeted Saturday.

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The rebuke comes after Trump directed the Pentagon to send 9,500 troops home from Germany, which would bring the total stationed there down to 25,000.

A defense official told The Wall Street Journal the plan, which was ordered by national security adviser Robert O'Brien, has been underway since September and is not related to rising tensions between Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“The United States remains committed to working with our strong ally Germany to ensure our mutual defense, as well as on many other important issues,” said National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot.

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Democrats have come out in force against the withdrawal, saying it could further strain relations with Berlin and pave the way for Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinBiden administration to respond to Russian hacking, poisoning in 'weeks not months' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Tanden's odds plummet to lead OMB Hearings examine consequences of massive SolarWinds breach MORE to have more sway in Europe. 

“This order is petty and preposterous. It’s another favor to Putin and another leadership failure by this Administration that further strains relations with our allies,” Sen. Jack ReedJack ReedOvernight Defense: Pentagon, Congress appoint panel members to rename Confederate bases | Military approves 20 more coronavirus vaccination teams Pentagon, Congress appoint panel members to rename Confederate base names Senate panel advances Biden's pick for Pentagon No. 2 position MORE (D-R.I.), the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement.

“Vladimir Putin must be delighted that the American president is gutting our own deterrent against Russian aggression in Europe. And the President’s insulting dismissal of one of our most important relationships because of a personal vendetta confirms that he lacks moral leadership, respect for our allies, and understanding of our national security interests,” added Rep. Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelProgressives target Manchin, Sinema with new PAC State Department sets up new bureau for cybersecurity and emerging technologies How Congress dismissed women's empowerment MORE (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.