Poland offers $2bn to host USA military base

Trump says U.S. considering permanent military presence in Poland

Trump says U.S. considering permanent military presence in Poland

Polish President Andrzej Duda said at the White House Tuesday that he would welcome a permanent USA military base in his country - and declared that he would name it "Fort Trump".

Trump says he's "very seriously" considering a greater US troop presence in Poland as he meets with that country's president at the White House. Poland's First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda is also visiting the White House. "I am convinced that such a decision lies both in the Polish interest as well as in the interest of the United States".

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Since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, and followed that up with military support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, Poland has welcomed rotational USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation deployments to Poland and the Baltic states, and pressed for more. Trump says it's "ridiculous" and bad for the German people. 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.

"The President offered us much more than $2 billion", Trump said.

Poland wants to increase the volume of liquefied gas contracts with the USA as a way to cut its dependence on gas imports from Russian Federation.

Trump renewed his criticism of a planned new natural gas pipeline linking Germany with Russian Federation.

"I'm hugely delighted with the presence of USA armed forces in the Polish territory", Duda said, inviting Trump to send more American troops to the nation.

In his remarks, 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. But when we're defending immensely wealthy countries and they're not the paying for the defense to the United States, they're only taking advantage of us". "This will be my first time traveling to Africa and I am excited to educate myself on the issues facing children throughout the continent, while also learning about its rich culture and history", she said in an August statement, according to CNN.

Trump added the United States was interested in exploring the possibility of constructing the base. "I was smiling when I was talking to Mr President".

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.

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