Trump studying possibility of a permanent USA base in Poland

Charlene Craig
September 19, 2018

Polish President Andrzej Duda and President Donald Trump talked Tuesday about Poland's request to host a permanent US military base within its borders. Duda said Russian Federation could use supplies for "political blackmail", while Trump suggested it was "very unfortunate" that Germany would would be sending "billions and billions of dollars a year" to Russian Federation to pay for fuel.

According to Reuters, Poland has repeatedly requested a permanent us military presence on their soil as a defense against Russian Federation.

Trump also said the United States was considering a visa waiver program for Poland. "I hope that we will build Fort Trump in Poland together, Mr. President", Duda said on Tuesday.

Seeking a check on Russian aggression, Poland wants the 3,000 USA troops now deployed in Poland on a rotating basis to be upgraded to a larger, permanent presence.

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Duda's praise of Trump is in line with Warsaw's stance on mutual defense, which has stood apart from other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member states in their sometimes contentious dealings with the US administration. Duda's statements at the Tuesday briefing indicate Warsaw is indeed more than eager to have a permanent USA base on their soil.

The Polish and USA presidents on Tuesday started talks at the White House ahead of an expected declaration on stepping up cooperation on security, energy and investment, media reported.

Since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, and followed that up with military support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, Poland has welcomed rotational US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation deployments to Poland and the Baltic states, and pressed for more.

"I would like to invite you, Mr. President, to post more American troops in Poland", President Duda said through a translator.

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Mr Duda's latest plea comes after Warsaw's defence ministry offered the U.S. up to £1.52billion ($2bn) to increase the United States presence in the country as a deterrent against a potential Russian aggression. "Poland is willing to make a very major contribution to the United States to come in and have a presence in Poland".

Security, trade and energy topped the agenda as Trump welcomed Duda to the White House for the first time. I think that Russian has acted aggressively. "They respect force. They respect strength, as anyone does, and we have the greatest strength in the world, especially now".

The Polish Supreme Court also asked the ECJ to rule on the new law.

Warsaw was the first stop on Trump's first European tour a year ago.

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