U.S. and Poland intend to deter 'Russian aggression'
U.S. President Donald Trump said the United States is considering a request from Poland for a permanent U.S. military presence in the fellow NATO country, acknowledging that he shares Poland’s concerns about possible Russian aggression.
Polish President Andrzej Duda asked Trump for a permanent U.S. base during a White House meeting, offering to name it 'Fort Trump,' and explaining it would be a bulwark against what he considers a threat from Russia.
Trump said he agreed with Duda that Moscow had "acted aggressively" in the region and said the request for a base was under consideration. He said he appreciated Duda’s offer to put more than $2 billion into the project, Reuters reported.
The sides noted that a deeper, more collaborative U.S.-Polish partnership is critical in meeting the current security threats and challenges, and to ensure economic prosperity and development.
"This partnership is critical in light of growing security challenges characterized by aggressive Russian behavior," the joint statement says.