Josh Hawley Rips Decision To Move More Troops To Eastern Europe, Says It’s A ‘Mistake’
Sen. Josh Hawley ripped into President Joe Biden’s decision to move 3,000 U.S. troops to Eastern Europe to bolster the defense of allies in the region, referring to it as a “mistake.”
Biden’s decision was first reported by the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday.
“Sending more American troops to Europe is a mistake. We need to send the opposite signal — that the crisis in Ukraine shows Europeans must do more in their own defense,” Hawley tweeted along with a link to the WSJ story concerning the deployment.
About 2,000 troops will deploy from Fort Bragg, N.C., to Poland and Germany this week and part of an infantry Stryker squadron of roughly 1,000 troops based in Germany to Romania, a senior administration official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press.
Russia has amassed more than 100,000 troops near the Ukrainian border, and is moving troops and surface-to-air missile systems into Belarus, which borders Ukraine and several NATO members, WSJ reported. The Kremlin also has moved several ships near Ukraine’s shores in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.
Former President Donald Trump told Newsmax on Tuesday night that Biden has handed all the leverage to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“This is not something that ever would have happened if we were there,” Trump went on to say in a statement concerning the Russia-Ukraine crisis. “But it’s looking to me … like they will make a move.”
“At a minimum, they’re going to negotiate a lot of good stuff. Because, if they don’t make a move, Biden will give them everything,” the president continued.
On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted that the United States wants there to be war in Ukraine because they will use such a skirmish as justification for more sanctions on Russia.