‘Fort Trump’: Poland urges United States to consider setting up permanent base
19 September, 2018, 22:17 | Author: Donnie King
The president of Poland appealed to President Donald Trump's well known affection for slapping his name on buildings as he pitched a permanent USA military base in his country that he said would be named 'Fort Trump'. "I feel he is right", before hailing the USA military buildup on his watch and once again railing at some North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries for not paying what he called their fair share on defense.
Poland may need more than the US' go-ahead to have a new American-led military base on its soil.
In 1997, the United States and its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies entered a pact with Russian Federation that prevented North Atlantic Treaty Organisation from permanently stationing "substantial" combat forces in Central and Eastern European countries, including permanent bases.
For years, Poland has lobbied for larger numbers of USA troops in its country, where there are now several thousand American soldiers carrying out missions on a rotational basis.
"The president offered us much more than $2 billion to do this, so we are looking at it", Trump said.
In addition to about 700 US cavalrymen positioned near Poland's border with the Russian military enclave of Kaliningrad, the country also is a main outpost for an Army armored brigade on rotation from the United States. We want to implement more projects.
"I told Mr. President about all the aspects connected with the permanent presence of the USA armed forces in Poland", Duda said.
The two are expected to discuss trade, the military and security, according to the White House.
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.
"We're looking at it very seriously, I know Poland likes the idea very much, and it's something that we are considering, yes", Trump said. "We just think it's very unfortunate for the people of Germany that Germany is paying billions and billions of dollars a year for their energy to Russian Federation", he said.
"I am convinced that there is no more effective method of preventing a war than a decisive stance demonstrating that we are ready at any moment to repel a possible attack", Duda said.
"They respect force. They respect strength as anyone does".
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, in Washington.
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