Poland Wants 'Fort Trump.' The President Said He May Send Some Troops

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About 5,000 U.S. soldiers already deploy along with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in Poland as part of a rotating pool, rather than a fixed garrison. "You people would have a field day about that", Trump said from the White House during an appearance with Polish President Andrzej Duda, who first broached the idea of creating a Fort Trump in Poland during a previous sitdown.

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.

When asked whether the proposed base in Poland might be named "Fort Trump," the president said "that's up to them", but he appeared to be leery of the possibility.

Before the press conference, the two leaders will witness an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft flyover above the White House, in honor of Poland's intention to purchase F-35s for their own military, according to White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley.

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Trump said the USA troops would be moved to Poland from fellow NATO-member Germany and that Poland was building facilities to accommodate them. In a highly unusual presidential airshow, one of the advanced warplanes roared over the White House during Duda's visit, prompting the visiting Polish leader to wave in delight.

Trump once again criticized Germany for its Nord Stream 2 pipeline deal with Russian Federation, threatening the specter of sanctions at an unspecified time in the future. Administration officials told reporters on a conference call Tuesday that there will be a "significant announcement" out of Mr. Trump's meeting with Duda, but gave no further details.

He said later that the USA and Poland had "put together a strong security cooperation package".

"Russia again is showing its unkind, unfriendly imperial face", he said.

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The president said he was considering sending up to 2,000 troops in total, though that higher number had not yet been agreed to. "We don't want to be part of that".

There are already 4,500 USA troops that rotate through Poland as part of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Likely responses would include the Kremlin increasing military assets in the Russian territory of Kaliningrad, which borders Poland, and possibly also in Belarus, a close ally of Moscow that has so far resisted hosting a full-scale Russian base on its territory. In 2018, Poland signed a $4.75 billion (€4.21 billion) deal for the purchase of US Patriot anti-missile systems to boost its defense against potential Russian incursions.

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