Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Fort Trump? Trump considers permanent military base in Poland named after himself

Fort Trump? Trump considers permanent military base in Poland named after himself

U.S. President Donald Trump complained that, "We are the piggy bank of the world" at a news conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday (September 18).

Polish President Andrzej Duda asked Trump for a permanent USA base during a White House meeting, offering to name it "Fort Trump", and explaining it would be a bulwark against what he considers a threat from Russian Federation.

"I would very much like for us to set up a permanent American bases in Poland which we would call Fort Trump".

At a press conference afterward, Duda said Poland would name the facility after Trump.

"I would like to invite you, Mr President, to post more American troops to Poland", Mr Duda said while standing alongside Mr Trump.

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According to Reuters, Poland has repeatedly requested a permanent USA military presence on their soil as a defense against Russian Federation.

Duda said Russian Federation could use supplies for "political blackmail", while Trump suggested it was "very unfortunate" that Germany would would be sending "billions and billions of dollars a year" to Russian Federation to pay for fuel.

"I told Mr. President about all the aspects connected with the permanent presence of the United States armed forces in Poland", Duda said.

"Looking at it from the standpoint of military protection": US President Donald Trump said.

A decision from the US could come early next year. Warsaw is offering $2 billion to kick in toward the costs of a base. "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".

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Trump said he agreed with Duda that Moscow had "acted aggressively" in the region and said the request for a base was under consideration.

"I think its a very aggressive situation". We want to buy more equipment.

"They respect force. They respect strength as anyone does".

"There is a whole range of arguments in favor of the fact that the presence of the United States armed forces in this area is absolutely justified", Duda said.

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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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