WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says he’s “very seriously” considering a greater U.S. troop presence in Poland as he meets with that country’s president at the White House.
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Posted by NBC News on Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Trumptold reporters in the Oval Office that Poland is “willing to make a very major contribution to the United States to come in and have a presence in Poland.”
Sitting alongside Poland’s President Andrzej Duda, Trump says “certainly it’s something we will discuss.”
Facing Russia’s increased military activity, Poland has been pressing for the 3,000 U.S. troops now on rotating deployment in Poland to be upgraded to a larger, permanent presence.
A decision from the U.S. could come early next year.
Trump and Duda are also discussing trade and energy cooperation.
The U.S. president is renewing his criticism of a planned new natural gas pipeline linking Germany with Russia.
Trump says it’s “ridiculous” and bad for the German people.