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Trump meets with Poland's president at White House

19 September 2018

Standing beside Trump at the White House news conference, Duda was unapologetic in his praise for Trump's leadership and business acumen as the Polish president pitched a military expansion that could reignite an old fight with Moscow over the proximity of USA forces to Russian Federation.

At a joint press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda in the White House, Trump said Poland is offering to pay Washington at least $2 billion to help meet the costs of the base, which would likely irk an increasingly assertive Moscow.

The US now supplies most of the troops, about 900, for a rotating North Atlantic Treaty Organisation battalion in Poland as part of the alliance response to Russian intervention in Ukraine and Moscow's muscle-flexing along its western borders involving large-scale military exercises.

"I told Mr. President about all the aspects connected with the permanent presence of the US armed forces in Poland", Duda said.

Poland seeks to become the "main ally" of the United States in Europe, according to Poland's Interior Minister Mariusz Blaszczak, who described the prospects for a U.S. base on his country's soil as a "real possibility". Diplomats in Washington says he is furious with German chancellor Angela Merkel about vehicle exports and Berlin's cooperation in the planned Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline connected Russian Federation and western Europe. Trump says it's "ridiculous" and bad for the German people.

A decision from the U.S. could come early next year.

'I said I would very much like for us to set up a permanent American bases in Poland, which we would call Fort Trump, and I firmly believe that this is possible.

In May 2018, the Polish government offered to spend up to $2 billion to establish a permanent US military presence in Poland.

"I think it's a very aggressive situation".

"We're looking at it very seriously", he said earlier.

"Poland would be paying billions of dollars for a base", he said.

The push by Poland comes amid historic rival Russia's increased military activity. "This will be my first time traveling to Africa and I am excited to educate myself on the issues facing children throughout the continent, while also learning about its rich culture and history", she said in an August statement, according to CNN.

"Ladies and gentlemen, I was smiling when talking to Mr. President". Last October, the USA sent a new mechanized brigade there.

Trump meets with Poland's president at White House