US considering permanent military base in Poland

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US President Donald Trump (R) and visiting Polish President Andrzej Duda attend a joint press conference at the White House in Washington D.C. Sept. 18, 2018. Mr Trump said the US was weighing the idea of establishing a permanent military base in Poland, a proposal raised by Mr Duda. Xinhua

WASHINGTON (Xinhua) – US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the United States is weighing the idea of establishing a permanent military base in Poland, a proposal raised by visiting Poland leader.

In a joint press conference at the White House, Poland President Andrzej Duda told reporters that he had suggested a permanent American base be set up in Poland in talks with Mr Trump earlier in the day.

“We would call (it) Fort Trump,” Mr Duda said.

Responding to Warsaw’s request, Mr Trump said earlier that the United States was “looking at it very seriously.”

At the press conference, Mr Trump said that the United States is reviewing the proposal from the standpoint of “military protection for both countries and also the cost.”

“I think Russia has acted aggressively,” Mr Trump said, adding that Mr Duda had offered “much more than 2 billion [US] dollars to do this.”

Also on Tuesday, US Defense Secretary James Mattis said that no decisions had been made regarding the permanent military presence in Poland.

“It’s not just about a base. It’s about training ranges, it’s about maintenance facilities at the base, all these kinds of things,” the Pentagon chief told reporters.

Poland, a NATO member, has repeatedly required permanent presence of US troops on its territory.

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