September 18 (UPI) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Polish President Andrzej Duda discussed the possibility of building a permanent U.S. military base in the country during a meeting Tuesday in Washington.
"We're looking at it very seriously, I know Poland likes the idea very much, and it's something that we are considering, yes", he said.
Poland may need more than the US' go-ahead to have a new American-led military base on its soil.
Trump declared himself open to the idea, stressing that Poland would pay for the facility.
This gave President Donald Trump a smile. Moreover, Warsaw is ready to pay up to $2 billion for the dubious privilege of having a permanent U.S. installation on its soil, according to an official document, published in May.
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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He then touted Poland's military buildup and said he wanted to buy more arms from the US.
Poland seeks to become the "main ally" of the U.S. in Europe, according to Poland's Interior Minister Mariusz Blaszczak, who described the prospects for a USA base on his country's soil as a "real possibility". "And I firmly believe that this is possible", he added.
"If they're willing to do that, it's something we will certainly talk about", Trump said. Trump says it's "ridiculous" and bad for the German people.
Poland and other Eastern European countries have been lobbying the United States to increase the number of troops on the continent as they worry about combating an increasingly aggressive Russian Federation. Equipment of the previous United States unit stationed there, has, however, "remained in place" for reasons unexplained, according to Russian military.
"It wouldn't bother me other than the Federal Bureau of Investigation said they really don't do that", he said.
Still, Trump's decision is surprising because he has talked about bringing USA troops home from across the world since he was on the campaign trail talking about America First.
"They respect force. They respect strength as anyone does".