Standing nearby, Trump smirked and raised his right eyebrow before pursing his lips as he appeared to consider the possibility of an American military base in Poland emblazoned with his name. Trump said Russian Federation has "acted aggressively" across the region, and that the us will consider the base.
"And I'm convinced that this cooperation between Poland and the United States will go on smoothly", Duda continued.
Standing beside Trump at the White House press conference, Duda was unapologetic in his praise for Trump's leadership and business acumen, as the Polish president pitched a military expansion that could reignite an old fight with Moscow over the proximity of USA forces to Russian Federation.
Kornhauser-Duda walks from vehicle as she arrives to be greeted by the Trumps.
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".
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"The United States commits to explore options for an increased U.S. military role in Poland and we will intensify our consultations to determine the concept's feasibility", the White House said in a statement later.
There were some chuckles in the East Room of the White House when Duda pitched the idea.
'We believe that the presence of the United States is a guarantor of security in our part of Europe.
Duda said Russian military expansion, starting with a takeover of rebel areas of neighboring Georgia and more recently the annexation of Ukraine's Black Sea Crimea region, was part of "constant violation of worldwide law".
"We are implementing the largest military investment so far as the Polish armed forces are concerned over the past 30 years", he added, touting Polish military growth in his remarks and their use of state-of-the-art Patriot missiles.
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Duda said he and Trump signed an updated version of the strategic partnership between the two countries regarding defense, security, energy and business. Trump said the American alliance with Poland has "never been stronger".
Poland has repeatedly requested a permanent U.S. military presence on its soil to counter Russian Federation, offering up to US$2 billion (S$2.7 billion) in funding for such a base.
"I hope you will take the decision to deploy more units and equipment", he said.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks next to first lady Melania Trump during a meeting with Poland's President Andrzej Duda (L) in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., September 18, 2018.
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