Poland close to establishing US military base president joked would be called 'Fort Trump': report

TheHill | 4/16/2019 | Ellen Mitchell
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Poland is finalizing details of an anticipated deal to establish a U.S. military base in the country, though the installation will not be referred to as “Fort Trump,” as the Polish president joked last year, Bloomberg reported.

People familiar with the matter told the news outlet that the plan is in an inter-agency process led by the Defense Department with input from White House national security adviser Alexander Bolton.

Issues - US - Troops - Poland - Equipment

Issues including how many additional U.S. troops would be sent to Poland, where they would be based and what equipment the Pentagon would provide are still reportedly being worked out.

The two countries “are engaged in ongoing discussions on the status of forces, and we have nothing to announce at this time,” a spokesman for the National Security Council told Bloomberg.

Spokesman - President - Andrzej - Duda - Talks

A spokesman for Polish President Andrzej Duda, meanwhile, said that talks are progressing.

U.S. troops have had a rotational presence in Poland since Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from Poland’s eastern neighbor, Ukraine.

US - Troops - Poland - Warsaw - Leaders

Currently, 4,000 U.S troops rotate through Poland. Warsaw’s leaders, however, want a stronger presence against a resurgent Russia and have asked Washington for the permanent Army brigade and a headquarters to be stationed within its borders, offering to pay $2 billion for such...
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