Trump announces increased troop presence in Poland in meeting with Duda
Jun 13 2019
In the Oval Office, ahead of the press conference, the two presidents took questions from the press when President Trump stated the U.S.is thinking of moving troops to Poland, "talking about 2,000 troops, taking them from Germany or moving them from another location".
The commander in chief said nothing was definite, but that he believed Poland, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, should be rewarded for increasing its defense spending.
US officials said this week that Trump was expected to announce that he will send about 1,000 additional troops and a squadron of Reaper drones to Poland to aid its self-defense amid concerns about Russian military activity. "No additional troops in Europe", he said.
Asked by a reporter how he felt about Germany's decision to work with Russian Federation on the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, Trump said Germany was making a "tremendous mistake", and was making itself a "hostage" of the Kremlin.
Krzysztof Szczerski, an adviser to the Polish president, said the general concept of a "Fort Trump" was on the agenda today and that the United States presence "will increase both in quality as well as quantity".
Celebrating Poland's pricey purchase amid the country's military modernization efforts, The White House organized a special showing of two F-35 fighter jets in action. In a highly unusual presidential airshow, one of the advanced warplanes roared over the White House during Duda's visit, prompting the visiting Polish leader to wave in delight.
"You people would have a field day with that", Trump said to reporters at the meeting.
Trump pivoted from talk during Q&A with reporters about Germany's great reliance on a recently constructed natural gas pipeline to Russian Federation to say that Poland has expressed a desire to build a "great facility" and that the nation invited him to go to that facility.
At a subsequent news conference, Trump called the display impressive.
Also on Tuesday, senior officials touted a "significant announcement" around the Polish president's visit related to the future security partnership and defense relationship between the USA and Poland, but officials declined to go into detail.
Likely responses would include the Kremlin increasing military assets in the Russian territory of Kaliningrad, which borders Poland, and possibly also in Belarus, a close ally of Moscow that has resisted hosting a full-scale Russian base on its territory.