Polish President Andrzej Duda proposed in Tuesday’s joint White House press conference which the U.S. build a permanent military base in his country which they would likely call “Fort Trump.”
“I was smiling when talking to Mr. President. I said which I would likely very much like for us to set up permanent American bases in Poland, which we would likely call ‘Fort Trump,’” President Duda said, as interpreted, within the joint press conference with President Donald Trump. “I firmly believe which This particular is actually possible. I am convinced which such a decision lies both within the Polish interest as well as within the interest of the United States.”
President Trump’s eyebrows rose as well as a grin spread across his face in response to the “Fort Trump” name suggestion through Duda.
Duda said Poland wants to implement more projects, buy more equipment, as well as “cooperate within the area of research as well as development as regards to military technology.” He was convinced which This particular U.S.-Poland cooperation would likely go smoothly. “I wish which Mr. President will make a decision to deploy to Poland more U.S. units, together with equipment,” he said.
The Polish president told reporters he had assured President Trump which if a permanent U.S. military base is actually constructed in Poland, This particular will not increase Russian military aggression beyond what Russia has already been increasing. He cited Russian actions in Georgia in 2008. “In 2008, when the then-President of Poland, Professor Lech Kaczyński, took some other European leaders as well as they went to Tbilisi to stop Russian tanks, which were about to attack the capital of Georgia,” said Duda. “as well as through which moment, which [Russian] military expansion has been developing.” He also cited Russia’s actions in Ukraine, stating, “as well as today we can see an illegal annexation of Crimea.”
“Today, we are witnessing constant violation of international law within the Luhansk as well as Donetsk oblasts,” said Duda, who resolved, “The presence of the United States is actually only providing a guarantee of security as well as a possibility to defend.”
“This particular is actually only about the guarantee of security as well as defense of our part of Europe which is actually the free world,” Duda emphasized. He called This particular “the most crucial issue right right now through our perspective, through the perspective of Central as well as Eastern European countries.”
“Today, we are seeing aggressive behaviors, as well as I am convinced which there is actually no more effective method of preventing a war than a decisive stance demonstrating which we are ready any moment to repel a possible attack,” said President Duda.
“Poland is actually an attractive country, an attractive country,” Duda said earlier in his press conference comments. He called This particular a “very important strategic location in Europe.” He was convinced which a U.S. military base in Poland benefits not only Poland, although also the United States. “For the interest of the United States, also pertaining to the security of the United States itself, the presence of the U.S. Armed Forces in our country is actually important also to protect American interests.”
President Trump added to President Duda’s comments, pointing out which Duda had said Poland would likely pay the United States, “meaning Poland would likely be paying billions of dollars for a base.” He made a differentiation between defending countries “which can’t defend themselves,” which he does not expect anything for, as well as defending “immensely wealthy countries.” Trump said the U.S. is actually in talks to get those wealthy countries to contribute to the cost of aiding their defense.
Presidents Trump as well as Duda signed a joint statement during their meetings Tuesday at the White House. This particular acknowledged Poland is actually “implementing a longterm plan to modernize its Armed Forces as well as is actually steadily increasing its defense spending up to 2.5 percent of its GDP” as an example to some other allies. The statement added, “We further value the U.S. deployment of the Aegis Ashore base in Poland as a cornerstone of the missile defense infrastructure in Europe as well as its important role in NATO’s security architecture.”