'Fort Trump'? Polish President urges United States to consider opening base

Elias Hubbard
September 18, 2018

The two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies share security concerns in face of Russia's increased military activity and Poland is seeking a greater USA troop presence on its territory.

"Poland is willing to make a very major contribution to the United States to come in and have a presence in Poland, and certainly it's something we'll discuss", Trump said at the White House before a meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda.

Trump said he is considering Poland's request to establish a permanent USA base in that country, but added that Poland "would pay the United States".

"The President offered us much more than $2 billion", Trump said. A decision from the US could come early next year. This is Duda's first official visit to the White House since Trump took office. As Duda gave his opening remarks and expressed interest in defense projects in conjunction with the USA, he proposed the construction of a permanent military base that would be named after Trump.

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

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

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