U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has recently commented on a possible review of the number of U.S. troops in Africa and the overall presence the U.S. has. The idea is to relocate troops and resources from Africa and the Middle East in order to better prepare against new threats, mainly Russia and China. This is a mistake however, as the U.S. protects against terrorist threats as well as continues to grow our influence on the continent. Withdrawing from the areas could lead to a vacuum effect, with terrorism flooding in as the U.S. pulls out. Plus, the U.S. only spends a total of 0.3% of the defense budget on Africa, which totals $2 billion.
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