Polish Leader Proposes US Base Called Fort Trump


Trump and first lady Melania Trump greeted President Andrzej Duda and his wife on Tuesday.

At a joint press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda in the White House, Trump said Poland is offering to pay Washington at least $2 billion to help meet the costs of the base, which would likely irk an increasingly assertive Moscow.

"The idea of a permanent USA base in Poland subsidized by Poland is an idea the Duda government came up with to satisfy Trump's criticisms about United States defense spending to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation", said Erik Brattberg, director of the Carnegie Endowment's Europe program who is in touch with a few diplomats who are concerned about Trump's possible reduction of troops.

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

"We are grateful for Poland's leadership on defense spending and burden-sharing in NATO", Trump said.

Trump then hailed Poland's offer to pay $2 billion toward US costs, even as he blasted other unnamed "immensely wealthy" countries the USA effectively pays to defend. "I am convinced that such a decision lies both in the Polish interest and in the interest of the United States".

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Trump said that he's considering the idea and that Poland has offered more than $2 billion to the U.S.to pay for such an effort.

Trump says they agreed to bolster defense, energy and commercial ties.

Duda noted the purchases of American weapons by Poland and said he wants to buy more. "I said that I would very much like for us to set up a permanent American base in Poland which we would call Fort Trump", Duda said through a translator.

"I feel so badly for him that he's going through this, to be honest with you, I feel so badly for him", Trump said. "Poland is willing to make a very major contribution to the United States to come in and have a presence in Poland".

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 March, the United States and Poland said technical problems would delay completion of the Polish section of a USA missile defense shield by two years to 2020. These activities, deemed by the alliance to be "aggressive" are mainly military drills, held by Russian Federation on its own territory.

Poland, which is a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation since 1999, has been taking a very active part in the recent military activities of the alliance, described as an attempt to counter "hostile" Russian moves.