Poland requests permanent USA base, suggests naming it 'Fort Trump'

Hugh Fox
September 19, 2018

In a joint press conference Tuesday, Polish President Andrzej Duda announced he wanted the United States to have a permanent base in Poland, which would be named Fort Trump.

Trump, who has repeatedly threatened to punish countries if they don't spend enough on defense, said he would only agree if Poland is willing to pay the United States.

Duda said that a "Fort Trump" and an increase in USA military presence in the region "is absolutely justified" as a deterrent to Russian Federation, whose troops have been increasingly active on NATO's borders.

In 1997, the United States and its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies entered a pact with Russian Federation that prevented North Atlantic Treaty Organisation from permanently stationing "substantial" combat forces in Central and Eastern European countries, including permanent bases.

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U.S. forces are already deployed to Poland on a rotational basis, part of an effort by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to step up defenses on its eastern flank after Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea.

Trump is reported to have ordered a review of costs of basing USA troops in Germany, against a backdrop of poor relations with Germany.

Still, Trump's decision is surprising because he has talked about bringing US troops home from across the world since he was on the campaign trail talking about America First. Duda's statements at the Tuesday briefing indicate Warsaw is indeed more than eager to have a permanent U.S. base on their soil.

Asked if he agreed, Trump said, "I am with the president". The U.S. president said it was "something we will discuss".

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"I think it's a very aggressive situation".

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. I think that Russian has acted aggressively. "The presence of the United States is a guarantor of security in our part of Europe".

President Donald Trump is welcoming the leader of Poland to the White House.

"They respect force. They respect strength as anyone does".

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The US now supplies most of the troops, about 900, for a rotating North Atlantic Treaty Organisation battalion in Poland as part of the alliance response to Russian intervention in Ukraine and Moscow's muscle-flexing along its western borders involving large-scale military exercises. "And we have the greatest strength in the world, especially now".

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