The Pentagon has placed 8,500 U.S. military troops on “heightened alert” for potential deployment as the U.S. prepares to deploy to Europe to aid NATO amid rising fears of Russia ratcheting up its aggressive tension for a possible invasion of Ukraine.
Biden, Putin Hold 2-Hour High-Stakes Call Amid Growing Ukraine Tensions
Biden Expected To Threaten Russia With Sanctions If Putin Invades Ukraine
In a high-stakes call, President Biden warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that the U.S. would impose “strong economic and other measures” in the event of a potential invasion of Ukraine, while the Kremlin demanded guarantees that NATO would not expand further eastward, ending in neither side reporting any substantial progress occuring in Tuesday’s summit.
Trump ‘Terminated’ Defense Secretary Mark Esper
President Trump in a pair of tweets Monday afternoon terminated his Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and will replace the Pentagon chief with director of the National Counterterrorism Center Christopher Miller.