A group of House Republicans led by Michael McCaul and Adam Kinzinger has drafted a letter calling on US President Donald Trump to discard the idea of reducing the presence of American troops in Germany from 34,500 to 25,000, CNN reported, citing an obtained copy of the letter.

The plans emerged soon after German lawmakers from the Social Democratic Party too raised the issue of reducing the US military presence in the country down to zero.

In the letter, lawmakers argue that such a move could severely impede Washington’s ability to “deter” Russia’s alleged malign activities in Europe and will erode the North Atlantic Treaty alliance.

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