Donald Trump welcomes Poland's request for permanent United States military base

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Polish President Andrzej Duda and President Donald Trump talked Tuesday about Poland's request to host a permanent USA military base within its borders.

Trump says that he's considering the idea and that Poland has offered more than $2 billion to the U.S.to pay for such an effort.

To that end, Poland has offered as much as $2 billion to set up a permanent US base in the country.

In 1997, the United States and its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies entered a pact with Russian Federation that prevented North Atlantic Treaty Organisation from permanently stationing "substantial" combat forces in Central and Eastern European countries, including permanent bases.

Duda said at their joint news conference that he would name the base "Fort Trump", and that it would serve as a bulwark against what he considers a threat from Russian Federation.

Seeking a check on Russian aggression, Poland wants the 3,000 US troops now deployed in Poland on a rotating basis to be upgraded to a larger, permanent presence. He said he appreciated Duda's offer to put more than $2 billion into the project.

In addition to about 700 USA cavalrymen positioned near Poland's border with the Russian military enclave of Kaliningrad, the country also is a main outpost for an Army armored brigade on rotation from the United States.

But this sum is considered by many in the US Congress nothing but a tiny fraction of the costs required to maintain the base in Poland on a long-term basis.

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

Since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, and followed that up with military support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, Poland has welcomed rotational USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation deployments to Poland and the Baltic states, and pressed for more.

Poland is trying to wean itself from Russian natural gas, while at the same time building up a supply chain from the United States and Norway to replace it. Duda cited Russia's history of shutting off gas supplies to countries during times of conflict as to why that's become a national security issue for Poland, which gets about two-thirds of its natural gas from the Kremlin-controlled Gazprom PJSC.

President Donald Trump is welcoming the leader of Poland to the White House. "I feel that he's right".

Andrzej Duda and Donald Trump meet at the White House.

"They respect force. They respect strength as anyone does".

The Polish Supreme Court also asked the ECJ to rule on the new law.

"We are the piggy bank to the world".

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