Trump says US may send 2,000 troops from Germany to Poland

Lester Mason
June 13, 2019

Trump said the United States has based tens of thousands of troops in Germany for a "long, long time" and that he probably would move a "certain number" of those personnel to Poland, "if we agree to do it".

During meetings throughout the day, Trump had announced that the U.S. would deploy 1,000 soldiers to Poland as well as a squadron of MQ-9 Reaper drones. The Polish government will build these projects at no cost to the United States.

"The United States intends to share information derived from this squadron's operations, as appropriate, in support of our defense objectives", the declaration, released by the White House on Wednesday, following a meeting between Polish President Andrzej Duda and his USA counterpart Donald Trump, read.

Polish leaders had hoped to land a permanent US base in their country that they said could be called "Fort Trump", but the agreement announced Wednesday fell short of that. US officials said the Reaper drones will be used to provide greater intelligence to Poland.

Ahead of the joint press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda on Wednesday, a F-35 conducted a flyover above the White House, in a stunt meant to celebrate Warsaw's decision to purchase 32 of the US-made jets. Duda looked up and waved as the jet passed.

Addressing reporters in the White House Rose Garden after a day of meetings, Trump announced a memorandum of military co-operation, saying, "As the declaration makes very clear, the United States and Poland are not only bound by a strategic partnership but deep common values, shared goals and a very strong and abiding friendship".

In the Oval Office, Trump said he had no concerns about backsliding on democracy in Poland. Critics have accused the Polish government of taking steps to undermine the judiciary and the news media.

The U.S. resumed increasing its military activity in Europe in concert with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies following Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in 2014.

Trump's decision to increase the USA military presence in Poland was welcomed by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

"Germany is not living up to what they are supposed to be doing with respect to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and Poland is".

The rare White House flyover is the first for the US military's most advanced aircraft.

The increase in USA forces in the region also reflects America's new national defense strategy that declares great-power competition with China and Russian Federation as a top priority.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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