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Polish President Andrzej Duda proposed in Tuesday’s joint White House press conference that the U.S. build a permanent military base in his country that they would call “Fort Trump.”
“I was smiling when talking to Mr. President. I said that I would very much like for us to set up permanent American bases in Poland, which we would call ‘Fort Trump,’” President Duda said, as interpreted, in the joint press conference with President Donald Trump. “I firmly believe that this is possible. I am convinced that such a decision lies both in the Polish interest as well as in the interest of the United States.”
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President Trump’s eyebrows rose and a grin spread across his face in response to the “Fort Trump” name suggestion from Duda.
Duda said Poland wants to implement more projects, buy more equipment, and “cooperate in the area of research and development as regards to military technology.” He was convinced that this U.S.-Poland cooperation would go smoothly. “I hope that Mr. President will make a decision to deploy to Poland more U.S. units, together with equipment,” he said.
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The Polish president told reporters he had assured President Trump that if a permanent U.S. military base is constructed in Poland, it 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 other European leaders and they went to Tbilisi to stop Russian tanks, which were about to attack the capital of Georgia,” said Duda. “And from that moment, that [Russian] military expansion has been developing.” He also cited Russia’s actions in Ukraine, stating, “And today we can see an illegal annexation of Crimea.”
“Today, we are witnessing constant violation of international law in the Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts,” said Duda,...
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