Trump says he’s sending 1,000 more U.S. troops to ally Poland

Trump says he’s sending 1,000 more U.S. troops to ally Poland

But a document published Wednesday on Duda's official website entitled "Joint Declaration on Defense Cooperation Regarding U.S. Force Posture in Poland", stated that the near-term growth of U.S. troop strength in Poland would be about 1,000 personnel and "would focus on providing additional defense and deterrence capabilities in Poland".

"Germany is not living up to what it's supposed to be doing", Trump said.

Last year, Duda pitched the idea of a permanent USA base in Poland, attempting to stroke the United States president's ego by suggesting it be called Fort Trump.

A F-35 stealth fighter jet from Beaufort, SC flew over the south lawn of the White House on June 12, 2019.

Trump said the Polish government will pay for the infrastructure to support the additional troops, and he praised Poland for increased defense spending to meeting its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commitments.

"We're protecting Germany from Russia and Russia is getting billions and billions of dollars from Germany", Trump said, adding that the Nord Stream 2 deal "really makes Germany a hostage of Russia if things ever happen that were bad".

Trump once again criticized Germany for its Nord Stream 2 pipeline deal with Russian Federation, threatening the specter of sanctions at an unspecified time in the future.

Nord Stream 2, leading from Russian Federation to Germany, would double the amount of gas Russian Federation could deliver.

"You people would have a field day with that", Trump said to reporters at the meeting.

Criticism of Germany is nothing new for Trump, who has repeatedly clashed with Chancellor Angela Merkel, including over his demand for Germany to spend more on its defense budget.

Spooked by resurgent Russia's seizing control of territory in Georgia and Ukraine over the last decade, Duda has tried to charm the USA president, even touting the idea of Poland building a "Fort Trump" to house thousands of U.S. soldiers.

"We're protecting Germany from Russian Federation and Russia is getting billions and billions of dollars of money from Germany", he said in the Oval Office.

"Too often", Mr. Trump said of Poland on Wednesday.

"Russia again is showing its unkind, unfriendly imperial face", he said.

"Russia was always looking out to take our territory", he said. He said some of them dated back to Poland's communist past and that he wanted to remove them as part of judicial reforms.

While US troops already deploy to Poland as part of a rotating North Atlantic Treaty Organisation presence, a permanent force would thrust American military power one step closer to Russia's borders.

With the Kremlin vowing to respond with new nuclear missile deployments, president Barack Obama abandoned the project. There are now about 4,500 USA troops that routinely rotate in and out of Poland.

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