During a joint press conference with Donald Trump Tuesday, Polish President Andrzej Duda said he’d like the US to establish a permanent military base in his country named after the 45th US president.
“I would like to invite the US president to post more American troops to Poland. And we want to invest further, we want to modernize Polish armed forces,” the Polish leader said at the White House.
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“I would very much like for us to set up a permanent American bases in Poland which we would call Fort Trump,” Duda added, eliciting a smile from the president.
Trump said he would consider President Duda’s proposal, and remarked the fact that Poland would pay for the base made it more enticing.
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“The president offered us much more than $2 billion to do this,” Trump told reporters. “So we are looking at it. We are looking at it from the standpoint of, No. 1, military protection for both countries, and also cost.”
President Duda expressed that a US base in the region would help deter threats from Russia, which Trump said he understood given the two nations’ contentious history.
“I think it’s a very aggressive situation. I think Russia has acted aggressively. They respect force. They respect strength, as anyone does. And we have the greatest strength in the world, especially now,” Trump said.
“You look at the history of Poland and Russia, that’s a long and very complicated history and [Duda] certainly has a right to feel that way.”
Watch the press conference below: