Trump to send more troops to Poland

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Trump to send more troops to Poland

Deutsche Welle

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Trump to send more troops to Poland
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US President Donald Trump welcomed Polish President Andrzej Duda to the White House on Wednesday. The visit, Duda’s second within a year, was ostensibly to deal with two issues: Poland’s desire for an expanded US military presence and the US’s desire to sell natural gas to Poland. During the meeting, Trump also touched on the possibility of sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 project and warned Germany not to be dependent on Russian energy.

Addressing reporters in the White House Rose Garden after a day of meetings, Trump announced a memorandum of military co-operation, saying, “As the declaration makes very clear, the United States and Poland are not only bound by a strategic partnership but deep common values, shared goals and a very strong and abiding friendship.”

Trump also praised Poland’s commitment to NATO, singling it out for meeting spending aims, unlike Germany, whom he also singled out.

During meetings throughout the day, Trump had announced that the US would deploy 1,000 soldiers to Poland as well as a squadron of MQ-9 Reaper drones.

The president said he was considering sending up to 2,000 troops in total, though that higher number had not yet been agreed to. The troops would be redeployed to Poland from the 50,000-strong contingent the US has stationed in Germany.

Ever the one to be thrilled when foreign countries purchase “beautiful American weapons,” Trump was also ebullient when he announced that Poland would be buying 32 F-35 fighter jets.

Fort Trump: ‘That would be a statement’

Last year, Duda pitched the idea of a permanent US base in Poland, attempting to stroke the US president’s ego by suggesting it be called Fort Trump. Still, the US has been loath to escalate tensions with Russia by making a move that Moscow would no doubt see as a direct threat.

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