A top White House official who serves on President Trump’s National Security Council proposed to withdraw United States’ armed forces in Eastern Europe to please Vladimir Putin, according to a new report published by The Daily Beast Tuesday.
The official, Kevin Harrington, suggested withdrawing troops in close proximity to the Russian borders to appease Putin, a source familiar with the matter told The Beast.
Harrington, the NSC’s senior official for strategic planning, had no military experience before joining the Trump administration, but had instead worked as a managing director for the Thiel Macro hedge fund, run by close Trump ally Peter Thiel.
A former administration official alerted The Beast to Harrington’s proposal.
“I sensed we were giving something and it wasn’t clear what we were gaining in return,” the former official explained.
The proposal was made in a strategy paper that didn’t mention Russia as either a competitor or adversary.
Harrington’s primary audience for the proposal was then-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, according to the report.