U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) is facing increased criticism — including calls for her resignation from a leadership position — after siding with Democrats to block the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and Germany, as reported by the Daily Caller.
In a tweet last month, Cheney declared that pulling the military out of Germany “is in Russia’s interests, not America’s.”
“Ridiculous and costly Endless Wars”
Cheney added in a subsequent tweet that enemy nations “should never question the will of the United States government or the American people to defend our interests, to protect the security of our nation, to protect our Armed Forces, and to respond when attacked or threatened.”
After siding with Democrats to block the troop withdrawal, President Donald Trump was among several prominent Republicans who publicly rebuked her remarks and vote.
“Liz Cheney is only upset because I have been actively getting our great and beautiful Country out of the ridiculous and costly Endless Wars,” Trump tweeted on Thursday.
He went on to tout his strategy, noting that he is “also making our so-called allies pay tens of billions of dollars in delinquent military costs.”
The president’s remarks came on the heels of similar criticism from elected GOP officials, including at least one fellow House member.
“Step down or be removed”
U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) tweeted that Cheney “should step down or be removed” from her position as party conference chair, arguing that “House Republicans deserve better.”
Gaetz was joined by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who tweeted his support for Trump “in advocating to stop our endless wars.”
He went on to claim that “Cheney not only wants to stay forever, she’s leading the fight to try to stop him from leaving,” calling her behavior “unacceptable.”
Obviously aware of the criticism from within her own party, Cheney said that it is “a healthy thing for us to have those kinds of debates and discussions,” and expressed confidence “that we will come together on the big issues that matter the most come November.”
She has proven to be an independent voice and these remarks were not the first to draw criticism. As Republicans devise a strategy they hope will recapture a majority in the House, however, it remains to be seen whether the backlash will have any real impact on the upcoming election.