`Fort Trump'? It's a possibly says Poland

Pauline Gross
September 19, 2018

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he is considering permanently basing USA troops in Poland, a country that has offered up to $2 billion in financial support in hopes of luring American forces to the country.

At a joint press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda in the White House, Trump said Poland is offering to pay Washington at least $2 billion to help meet the costs of the base, which would likely irk an increasingly assertive Moscow.

"I would very much like for us to set up a permanent American bases in Poland which we would call Fort Trump".

"We're looking at it very seriously, I know Poland likes the idea very much, and it's something that we are considering, yes", he said.

The two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies share security concerns in face of Russia's increased military activity and Poland is seeking a greater USA troop presence on its territory.

Mr Duda revealed he thought it could be "possible" to build a U.S. base in Poland and that it would serve in both United States and Polish interests. Duda's statements at the Tuesday briefing indicate Warsaw is indeed more than eager to have a permanent United States base on their soil.

The United States does not now operate any permanent military bases in Poland.

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"Ladies and gentlemen, I was smiling when talking to Mr. President".

Trump - accused by political opponents of having colluded in a shadowy Russian operation to aid his surprise 2016 election win against Democrat Hillary Clinton - agreed with Duda's assessment.

"I think its a very aggressive situation". Ben Hodges, a well-known Russian Federation hawk, has argued that stationing the American military in Poland permanently would be seen as unnecessarily provocative by fellow members of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and divide the alliance.

Polish President Andrzej Duda, left, and US President Donald Trump shake hands after a news conference. Since taking office, the Polish government has unnerved Brussels with policies seen as restrictive of the courts and the news media, and is now in direct conflict with the European Union over its courts.

"With friends like that, who needs enemies?"

"We are the piggy bank to the world".

"We are grateful for Poland's leadership on defense spending and burden-sharing in NATO", Trump said. "We've been ripped off by everybody".

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