Trump Eyes More US Troops for Poland, Easing Poles’ Visa Travel to US

The Daily Signal | 6/12/2019 | Staff
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President Donald Trump announced plans Wednesday to possibly station 2,000 more U.S. military troops in Poland and to add the country “fairly soon” to the Visa Waiver Program.

“It’s a complex situation, as you know,” Trump said of finalizing a decision on the Visa Waiver Program. “But we are getting very close. We allow very few countries to join, but Poland is one we are thinking about allowing in, probably in about 90 days.”

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Polish President Andrzej Duda held a joint news conference with Trump on Wednesday in the White House Rose Garden.

The Visa Waiver Program allows the citizens of the current 38 member states to travel to other participating countries for up to 90 days without having to obtain a visa. If approved, individuals are authorized to travel within a two-year period for up to 90 days at a time.

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Duda said he was optimistic this time, inasmuch as previous administrations have considered adding Poland to the list.

“This is the first U.S. administration that has treated this in such a serious way and such a comprehensive way,” Duda said. “Covering Poles with the Visa Waiver Program is going to be possible before the end of the first term of President Donald Trump.”

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Under the program, extensive vetting and background searches still take place through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization.

Duda’s visit marks the 20th anniversary of Poland joining NATO. Trump noted that Poland and the United States are among the eight countries—out of 28 NATO members—that pay their full NATO dues, spending 2% of the country’s gross domestic product on defense.

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In a move that was unusual before the press conference, an F-35 flew over the White House.

This month also marks 30 years since Poland, a former communist country, held its first free election since the end of the...
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