US to send 1,000 more troops to Poland

Nellie Chapman
June 13, 2019

"That is all I'd need, Fort Trump". "We would have never had a deal with Mexico without imposing tariffs", Trump said.

At a previous White House meeting with Trump in October, Duda said, "I would very much like to ask to set up a permanent American base in Poland, which we would call 'Fort Trump.' I firmly believe this is possible".

It would also help to enrich Russian Federation in a move that went against Nato's strategic concerns, Trump noted.

He told reporters: "I hope that Poland is going to have a great relationship with Russian Federation".

Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Wednesday that he approved of the agreement between Trump and Duda. "I think because of what you've done, and the strength, and maybe we help also, because of what we're doing and doing for Poland". Poland has really built up a great country. "I hope that we're going to have a great relationship with Russian Federation".

Duda, who is considering naming the USA installation "Fort Trump", said the new influx of troops was needed because of Moscow's past aggression against Poland and to help solidify his country's ties to the West.

US officials said earlier this week that Trump, in addition to the additional troops, would send a squadron of Reaper drones to Poland to aid its self-defense amid concerns about Russian military activity.

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When Mr. Trump and Duda met in September, the leaders brought up the possibility of permanent USA military bases in Poland, something Duda believes would help deter Russian influence in the region. But nothing is finalized, Mr. Trump said.

Establishment of a U.S. Division Headquarters (Forward) in Poland.

Trump received a warm welcome in Poland in the summer of 2017, where he delivered a rousing nationalist speech before a friendly Polish audience that reflected both the U.S. and Poland's rightward turn. He offered no timetable for when the additional military personnel would begin arriving in Poland.

The formal announcement is expected on Wednesday afternoon, when President Donald Trump greets Polish President Andrzej Duda at the White House. Duda looked up and waved at the passing jet.

Warsaw already has a 20-year deal to buy LNG from the U.S. in a bid to give up Russian gas entirely, despite the fact that American LNG is more expensive and is not as reliable to meet Poland's needs.

"This will be a very good and very fruitful day, because it will change both the shape of Polish-American military cooperation, as well as cooperation on energy issues", Krzysztof Szczerski, Duda's chief of staff, said on Wednesday.

"Everything is excellent", Duda added.

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