President Donald J. Trump welcomed Polish President Andrzej Duda to the White House on Wednesday, June 12, for talks about increasing the U.S. military presence in Poland.
The U.S. president and the first lady walked out of one of the entrances at the White House to greet the Polish President Andrzej Duda and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda upon their arrival.
The first couples then posed for a photograph together before walking along the White House colonnade.
President Trump thanked Duda, stating that it is a “great privilege of having the president of Poland” and his “lovely wife” at the White House.
Then he emphasized the merits in the relations between Poland and the United States.
“We are celebrating a lot of different things, the purchase of many F-35 aircraft by Poland, the finest jet in the world, they say, the finest fighter plane anywhere in the world,” said President Trump.
President Trump stated that Poland has done really well and “have really eclipsed anything that anybody thought,” adding that the Polish economy is “good.”
The Polish leader replied and stated the aims of their meeting.
Referring to “excellent opportunity to talk about important issues in our bilateral relations,” Duda referred to the situation in NATO as well as security and defense issue in central Europe.
The Polish leader highlighted “future cooperation in trade,” especially on the issue of energy and security.
President Trump commended Duda on the trade relations between the two countries and what they will discuss during the meeting.
“We have a tremendous trading relationship,” said President Trump, and he guaranteed, “a lot of good things are happening.” The president stated that the Polish are “big buyers of our equipment, of our planes, and our munitions in every form and every respect.”
During the Oval Office meeting with Duda, President Trump said he is planning to move about 2,000 extra militia into Poland from another part of Europe.
The president cautioned that the decision is not final yet. “We’re giving it serious thought,” said President Trump.
U.S. officials, however, expect President Donald Trump to announce he is moving 1,000 additional troops and a squadron of Reaper drones to Poland. This is to enhance Poland’s self-defense, amidst growing concerns about Russian military activities.
And the Polish leaders have been pushing for more U.S. military presence in Poland and the possibility of having a U.S. base in Poland that could be named “Fort Trump.”
The two leaders plan to partake in a “joint signing ceremony” before going to the Rose Garden for a news conference.
Due to concerns that they might be the next targets of Russia’s military advances, countries in eastern and central Europe are reaching out to the United States and NATO for greater protection.
Situated by the Baltic Sea, Poland is surrounded by Belarus, Czech Republic, Germany, Lithuania, Slovakia, Ukraine, and Russia.
When asked if he believes Russia is a threat to Poland, President Trump said, “I hope not. … I think that Russia will treat Poland with respect just like the rest of the world is treating it.
The U.S. president then said emphatically, “No, I hope that Russia and Poland and Germany and everybody is going to get along. That’s what I want. I want everybody to get along.”