The costly and strategically dubious relocation of U.S. Africa Command headquarters from Germany will not happen if President Trump loses the election in November, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith said Wednesday.
“Trump’s gonna lose, and we’re not gonna move AFRICOM out of Germany,” Smith said in a virtual conversation hosted by the American Security Project.
The Washington Democrat said Trump’s call to reduce by 12,000 U.S. troops in Germany and force the command to relocate is without a strategic basis.
“It’s a remarkably boneheaded idea, and we will kill it one way or the other,” he said. “It’s gonna stay in Germany, where it’s at, because it just doesn’t make sense to do that.”
Smith, who has a deep understanding of U.S. security challenges in Africa, said he sympathized with Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s challenge to reorient the Pentagon budget to face great power competition with China and Russia, but not needlessly spend billions of