Polish President Andrzej Duda suggests ‘Fort Trump’ as a name for US military base
Kimberley Richards New York//Donald Trump said the US is considering Poland’s request to have a permanent American military base in the country, which Polish President Andrzej Duda suggested could be named “Fort Trump”.
“I invite you to post more American military troops in Poland,” Mr Duda said during a joint news conference at the White House. He added that such a presence would be a “guarantor of security”.
Poland has repeatedly requested to host a permanent US military base and has offered up to $2bn for it.
The military presence reflects the nation’s desire to build a defence against a perceived threat from Russia.
The US president shared Mr Duda’s concern during the conference and said that Russia has “acted aggressively”.
Poland joined NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) in 1999 despite Russia’s opposition.
“I am with the president,” he said. “I feel that he is right”. Mr Trump also stated that he believes Russians “respect force” and “respect strength.”
“We have the greatest strength in the world, especially now,” he added.