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September 18 (UPI) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Polish President Andrzej Duda discussed the possibility of building a permanent U.S. military base in the country during a meeting Tuesday in Washington.
Trump praised Poland's defense efforts, and took a new round of digs at other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies who lag on spending commitments.
Trump, who looked annoyed at times by Duda's long answers, jumped in at one point to note that Poland has promised to pay "billions of dollars for a base". Duda credited Trump for making Warsaw the first stop on the US president's inaugural European trip previous year and said Trump's speech was a "very important moment" for the relationship between the two countries.
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'I said I would very much like for us to set up a permanent American bases in Poland, which we would call Fort Trump, and I firmly believe that this is possible. "I am convinced that such a decision lies both in the Polish interest as well as in the interest of the United States".
From left to right, Kornhauser-Duda, Duda, Donald Trump and Melania Trump pose outside the White House. After a delay, Trump smiled and raised an eyebrow.
Poland and other Eastern European countries have been lobbying the United States to increase the number of troops on the continent as they worry about combating an increasingly aggressive Russian Federation. We want to buy more equipment.
'We are implementing the largest military investment so far as the Polish armed forces are concerned over the past 30 years, ' Duda said.
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Trump said he and Duda agreed to bolster the United States and Poland's defense cooperation in military relations, intelligence, missile defense and training, and praised the country for meeting North Atlantic Treaty Organization goals on defense spending. And he says the alliance between the two countries has "never been stronger".
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.
"I invite you to post more American military troops in Poland", Duda said, calling a USA presence a "guarantor of security".
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. A decision from the US could come early next year.
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