Poland’s “Fort Trump” A Reality: “Serious Offer” For “Permanent” US Base Negotiated

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15-03-19 09:16:00,

Poland’s push to house a major permanent US military base dubbed last year by Polish President Andrzej Duda as “Fort Trump” is a big step closer to becoming a reality this week after top US defense officials met with Polish counterparts in Warsaw to negotiate an offer. US Defense Undersecretary for Policy John Rood led a delegation to the former Soviet satellite country and longtime east European defense ally on Wednesday to discuss the US “robust offer” to establish a permanent facility on Polish soil. 

The Poles previously vowed to pay $2 billion for a base that could host a division-sized installment of US forces, which the US has called “very generous” — though likely to fall short of the total cost for such a base. “We have come forward with what we think is a very serious robust offer and we’re working out some of the technicalities this very week, when we hope to have a solid foundation to work from having coming out of this meeting,” a spokesperson for Rood’s office informed the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday.

Image source: AFP

Though the idea of a permanent US base in Poland has been floated for years, especially after the Russian-Ukraine conflict grew hot, last September’s official visit between Presidents Duda and Trump at the White House gave it real momentum. 

Duda had dropped the surprising proposal during a press briefing, suggesting it could be called “Fort Trump” — to which Trump grinned and appeared to nod in approval. 

“I invite you to post more American military troops in Poland,” Duda said, describing US presence in Poland as a “guarantor of security.” 

And Trump responded at the time as follows:

“We’re looking at it very seriously, I know Poland likes the idea very much, and it’s something that we are considering, yes,” Trump told reporters during the Sept. 19 press conference, according to CNN.

Duda’s remarks, clearly designed at the time to play on the US president’s ego, came amidst joint statements wherein both leaders agreed that Moscow has “acted aggressively” in the region. Trump said that he shared concerns about Russian encroachment into former Soviet satellite countries. 

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Poland’s Duda Floats Major US Base Named “Fort Trump” Alongside Grinning President

Poland’s Duda Floats Major US Base Named “Fort Trump” Alongside Grinning President

19-09-18 08:35:00,

Speaking at a press conference after an official visit with President Trump on Tuesday, Polish President Andrzej Duda dropped a surprising proposal for the U.S. military to establish a permanent presence in Poland by opening a large base, and went so far as to suggest it would be called “Fort Trump”. 

The remarks, which were clearly designed to play on the president’s ego, came amidst joint statements wherein both leaders agreed that Moscow has “acted aggressively” in the region. Trump said that he shared concerns about Russian encroachment into former Soviet satellite countries. 

Trump grinned the moment President Duda uttered “Fort Trump”. Image source: Getty

Poland, a NATO member state, has long sought to invite closer military relations with the United States, something which Moscow has seen as a serious provocation. 

President Duda offered to put more than $2 billion into a proposed permanent American base, to which Trump responded with appreciation. 

.@realDonaldTrump’s facial expression when hearing Poland might name a military base “Fort Trump” is priceless. pic.twitter.com/wohVn1bLfi

— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) September 18, 2018

“I invite you to post more American military troops in Poland,” Duda said, describing US presence in Poland as a “guarantor of security.”

“We’re looking at it very seriously, I know Poland likes the idea very much, and it’s something that we are considering, yes,” Trump told reporters, according to CNN.

President Trump appeared to nod and grin at the moment Duda dropped the “Fort Trump” idea. 

Meanwhile Moscow has previously expressed alarm as recently as May over Poland’s pushing for an American base so close to Russia’s border.

Poland jointed NATO in 1999 along with Hungary and the Czech Republic, in what Russia has legitimately feared is a domino effect that eventually included Baltic states joining up. 

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has long said the US is studying the option of a US base in Poland. Related to the Trump-Duda press conference, Mattis told reporters, “It’s not just about a base. It’s about training ranges, it’s about maintenance facilities at the base, all these kinds of things.

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Poland’s US Military Base Is More About China Than Russia

Poland’s US Military Base Is More About China Than Russia

04-06-18 07:55:00,

Authored by Andrew Korybko via Oriental Review,

Poland is proposing to host a permanent US military base on its territory.

Poland wants to replace Germany as the US’ preferred partner in Europe, taking advantage of American distrust with Berlin over Nord Stream II and trade disagreements while capitalizing on the Pentagon’s desire to “contain” Russia, thus satisfying multiple strategic objectives at once.

The Polish leadership believes that the region-wide “Three Seas Initiative” of 11 other Central and Eastern European states that it wants to lead is ideologically compatible with the Trump Administration’s anti-liberal populism and represents another strategic convergence with the US.

Paradoxically, however, while Poland is striving to advance its national sovereignty, it’s nevertheless sacrificing it by wanting to host an American military base, which is why a deeper explanation of this proposal is necessary.

Poland isn’t just strategically important to Germany, Russia, and the US, but also to China, being Beijing’s top partner in the 16+1 collection of Central and Eastern European states and correspondingly one of its top Silk Road nodes.

China is constructing a high-speed railway between the Hungarian and Serbian capitals that’s expected to travel further southwards through the Balkans in connecting to the Chinese-owned Greek port of Piraeus, one of the largest in Europe and the envisioned terminal of what can be called the Balkan Silk Road. This project, however, could also expand northwards through Slovakia and thus to Poland, the largest country in the region and the heart of the “Three Seas Initiative”, which would be a game-changing geopolitical development if it ever happened.

The US would clearly oppose the unrestricted expansion of a Chinese-built multipolar transnational connective infrastructure project into the EU via the “Balkan backdoor”, but any potential Hybrid Wardisruption that it could cause in the Balkans in order to offset this outcome could be avoided if America gains control of this Silk Road corridor through a military base in its most important Polish node. Although appearing at first glance to nullify the strategic utility of this project,

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