Trump 'very seriously' considering boosting U.S military in Poland

Lester Mason
September 18, 2018

Polish President Andrzej Duda urged President Donald Trump on Tuesday during a joint news conference to deploy more United States troops and military equipment to Poland, even suggesting the U.S. establish a permanent military base and name it "Fort Trump". "And we want to invest further, we want to modernize Polish armed forces", Duda said during a White House news conference with President Trump. A decision from the US could come early next year.

Trump says that he's considering the idea and that Poland has offered more than $2 billion to the pay for such an effort.

'When we're defending immensely wealthy countries and they're not paying for the defense to the United States they're only taking advantage of us, ' Trump said, resurrecting a harangue about Germany and other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies who fall short of defense spending pledges.

Trump is holding a joint news conference with the leader of Poland at 2:10 p.m. EDT today.

He then touted Poland's military buildup and said he wanted to buy more arms from the US. "I am convinced that such a decision lies both in the Polish interest as well as in the interest of the United States". We want to implement more projects.

Such a move would fuel tensions between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, of which Poland is a member, and Russian Federation, which would see a new, permanent US base so close to its borders as a threatening military expansion.

In 2017, during a ceremony at Krasinski Square in Poland, a greeting between these two couples got awkward when President Trump extended his hand to greet Kornhauser-Duda and the Polish first lady instead bypassed him to connect with Melania.

Duda credited Trump for making Warsaw the first stop on the USA president's inaugural European trip past year and said Trump's speech was a "very important moment" for the relationship between the two countries.

Security, trade and energy topped the agenda as Trump welcomed Duda to the White House for the first time. The U.S. president is renewing his criticism of a planned new natural gas pipeline linking Germany with Russian Federation.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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