JAMES ROSEN (SINCLAIR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER): In his first appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 15 months, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, facing sharp questioning by the panel's Democrats, defended President Trump's order this week to withdraw nearly 12,000 troops from Germany, a move the commander-in-chief has linked to Berlin's failure to meet spending requirements for the NATO military alliance.
MIKE POMPEO (SECRETARY OF STATE): This is personal for me. I fought on the border of East Germany. When I was a young soldier, I was stationed there.
ROSEN: When asked about President Trump's statement on Tuesday to the news outlet Axios on HBO that he has not raised with Russia's President Vladimir Putin recent intelligence suggesting that Moscow has paid bounties on the head of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Pompeo answered without saying whether those reports are true or not.
POMPEO: Make no mistake about it, every single threat to to our soldiers on the ground in Afghanistan, we have raised this with our Russian counterparts not only at my level, but Ambassador Sullivan and every one of our team that interacts with the Russians.