Trump: US to send 1,000 troops to Poland in new deal

The US will deploy 1,000 more troops to Poland, President Donald Trump has said during a press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda.

President Trump said the force would be taken from America’s 52,000-strong contingent in Germany, and include drones and other military hardware.

He fell short, however, of committing to a permanent US base in the country.

It comes after offers from Warsaw to spend $2bn (£1.57bn) on building one.

The base may be called Fort Trump, President Duda quipped during his visit to the White House on Wednesday.

Media captionUS troops in Poland were welcomed by locals back in 2017

President Trump said America was “very interested” in the idea, but was reluctant to commit to a permanent facility – something that would likely prompt a response by Russia.

“I don’t talk about permanence or not permanence,” he told reporters, adding that the base “would certainly be a statement”.

The visit – Mr Duda’s second in less than a year – celebrated the 20th anniversary of Poland’s membership in Nato, and the 30th anniversary of communism’s downfall in the country.

Image caption US soldiers in Poland…

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