Friday, 22 November, 2019

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

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Deanna Wagner | 12 June, 2019, 23:40

Whether Mr Trump will risk irritating Moscow with a base or take the simpler option of adding more troops to the current non-permanent force was unclear.

Polish leaders have lobbied for additional forces for months and had hoped for a permanent US base they said could be called "Fort Trump". The additional US troops will be stationed at various Polish bases in the country.

"Too often", Mr. Trump said of Poland on Wednesday.

The new plans call for the construction of a new combat training center in Drawsko Pomorskie and additional facilities in the future.

Establishment of U.S. Special Operations Forces capability within Poland to support air, ground and maritime operations.

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The president continued to talk about the tariffs, tangentially bringing up the deal he made with Mexico, saying the US has a "much better relationship" with Mexico now.

"Poland wants to build a great military facility" to give USA troops a permanent presence in Poland, and "we are giving it very serious thought", Trump said at an Oval Office meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda ahead of a later joint news conference. An aide to Duda has said that negotiations to increase American troops in Poland were successful.

As part of the effort to bolster Poland's military, Trump said the U.S. may send an additional 2,000 troops to the country, but stressed that they would not be coming from the U.S. They would be in addition to the 4,000 U.S. troops who now rotate through Poland.

Following the Russian annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in 2014, the US has again been increasing military activity in Europe in concert with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

The eastern European nations have reached out to the USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation for greater protection, worrying that they might be the next target of Russia's military advance. It could signal that the US and Poland have reached a deal for Warsaw to acquire F-35s of its own, a long-sought-after purchase so that Poland could replace aging Soviet-era planes. A second official declined to discuss details of the announcement but called it a new facet of the two nations' military-to-military relationship that will enhance deterrence in Europe.