Fort Trump? Polish leader dangles offer to US president

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President Donald Trump has said he is considering Poland's request to establish a permanent U.S. military presence on its soil. "If they're willing to do that, it's something we will certainly talk about".

After months of pushing for a permanent U.S. military presence in Poland as a bulwark against Russian Federation, the Polish president offered President Donald Trump a new incentive tailored to his real estate sensibilities: naming rights.

Poland, Cyprus, Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria are the only European Union countries whose citizens need visas to visit the United States.

At the press conference, Duda said that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member Poland, which was long dominated by Russian Federation and the Soviet Union, wants "a permanent American base in Poland".

For years, Poland has lobbied for larger numbers of US troops in its country, where there are now several thousand American soldiers carrying out missions on a rotational basis.

"Poland would be paying billions of dollars for a base", Trump said.


The Times reported that Vladimir Dzhabarov - a member of the Russian Federation Council's Foreign Affairs Committee - said if the USA were to move forward with the base, Poland would become "the object of a retaliatory strike". We ourselves want to invest further.

The Polish and U.S. 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.

And the White House reinforced that judgment, saying a partnership between the US and Poland "is critical in light of growing security challenges characterized by aggressive Russian behavior".

Trump also said the United States was considering a visa waiver program for Poland.

He then touted Poland's military buildup and said he wanted to buy more arms from the US.

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.


This is Duda's first official visit to the White House since Trump took office.

He said: "I hope that we will build Fort Trump in Poland together, Mr President".

The two leaders also agreed to collaborate on energy, although no specific deal was announced.

"I think its a very aggressive situation. I feel that he's right". "They respect force. They respect strength, as anyone does, and we have the greatest strength in the world, especially now".

The push by Poland comes amid historic rival Russia's increased military activity.


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