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Fort Trump': President looking into building permanent US military base in Poland

Polish President Andrzej Duda and President Donald Trump talked Tuesday about Poland's request to host a permanent U.S. military base within its borders. (Image source: YouTube screencap)

President Trump met with Polish President Andrzej Duda in the White House on Tuesday, and told reporters he is considering Poland's request to host a permanent U.S. military base within its borders.

Duda suggested naming the proposed facility "Fort Trump."

What are the details?

According to Reuters, Poland has repeatedly requested a permanent U.S. military presence on their soil as a defense against Russia. Warsaw is offering $2 billion to kick in toward the costs of a base.

"We're looking at it very seriously, I know Poland likes the idea very much, and it's something that we are considering, yes," Trump said of the possibility, speaking to reporters in the Oval Office. "Poland is willing to make a very major contribution to the United States to come in and have a presence in Poland.

"If they're willing to do that, it's something we will certainly talk about," he added.

Poland floated the same offer to the U.S. in May, prompting a swift response from Russian officials. According to The Washington Times, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters at the time, "These expansionist steps, certainly, result in counteractions of the Russian side to balance the parity which is violated every time this way."

The Times reported that Vladimir Dzhabarov — a member of the Russian Federation Council's Foreign Affairs Committee — said if the U.S. were to move forward with the base, Poland would become "the object of a retaliatory strike."

American soldiers were deployed to Poland in January 2017, the first U.S. military presence on the country's soil since the fall of communism in 1989.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesperson responded toward the move, saying, "These actions threaten our interests, our security. Especially as it concerns a third party building up its military presence near our borders. It's not even a European state."

What else?

Currently, 3,000 U.S. troops are deployed on a rotating basis in Poland, according to The Associated Press, a total which the NATO ally is pressing the United States to increase.

Poland is also seeking to wean itself from Russian gas imports by increasing liquefied gas contracts with the United States.

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