U.S. President Donald Trump and Poland President Andrzej Duda participate in a joint signing ceremony at the White House in Washington on Wednesday. Photo: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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U.S. to deploy 1,000 troops to Poland; Warsaw may call them 'Fort Trump'

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By Jeff Mason and Steve Holland

U.S. President Donald Trump pledged to Polish President Andrzej Duda on Wednesday that he will deploy 1,000 U.S. troops to Poland, a step sought by Warsaw to deter potential aggression from Russia.

Despite their strong show of unity, Trump disagreed with Duda's attempt to force the retirement of some Polish Supreme Court judges, a decision last year that prompted protests. "No," Trump said when asked if he supported the move.

Trump announced the troop deployment at a joint news conference with Duda in the White House Rose Garden shortly after the two leaders signed a joint declaration affirming defense cooperation and watched a U.S.-made F-35 fighter jet fly overhead.

Duda, who is considering naming the U.S. installation "Fort Trump," said the new influx of troops was needed because of Moscow's past aggression against Poland and to help solidify his country's ties to the West.

"Russia again is showing its unkind, unfriendly imperial face," he said. "Russia is always looking out to take our territory."

Trump said earlier the troop contingent could come from the U.S. force in Germany, which he has accused of paying too little for NATO's common defense.

The decision by Trump represents an effort to cater to the interests of Poland, a key NATO ally, while not overly antagonizing Russian President Vladimir Putin, with whom Trump would like to have friendly relations. He and Putin are to meet in Japan in two weeks.

"I hope that Poland is going to have a great relationship with Russia. I hope that we're going to have a great relationship with Russia," said Trump.

The United States already has troops in Poland as part of a 2016 agreement with the NATO military alliance in response to Moscow's annexation of Crimea from Poland's eastern neighbor Ukraine in 2014.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg issued a statement welcoming the deployment.

"Today’s announcement is part of NATO’s measured, defensive and proportionate efforts to strengthen our deterrence and defense," he said.

Duda denied backsliding on democracy when asked about his attempt to remove the judges. He said some of them dated back to Poland's communist past and that he wanted to remove them as part of judicial reforms.

"This is a very complex issue," he said. "Everything that we were doing was aimed at retiring those people... Let me assure you, freedom of speech is absolutely respected in Poland. Poland absolutely respects all constitutional standards."

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"Russia is always looking out to take our territory."

No, Poland just happens to stand in the way of territories that Russia really want. Oh how short is collective memory!

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I wonder how many American heads would implode if Mexico welcomed Russian troops to Camp Putin.

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I can sense a certain island located Northwest of Poland getting angry over the newfound special relationship between Poland and America.

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I think it's about time Russian troops set up base in americas backyard. Venezuela is nice this time of year.

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I wonder how many American heads would implode if Mexico welcomed Russian troops to Camp Putin.

Yeah, but that won’t happen, so we don’t have to worry and these are some of the kickbacks Europe will get if it wants the help of the US in NATO.

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That's awesome. Thank goodness there are still countries like Poland and Hungary in this world.

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Adding to the already 60,000 troops mostly stationed in Germany and partly paid for by Germany, one third of the costs. Will Poland also be paying?

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It looks like Trump is doing everything possible to get physically closer to Putin. : ) XX

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I wonder how many American heads would implode if Mexico welcomed Russian troops to Camp Putin.

Well I would think a lot of heads would rightly 'implode' if Russia suddenly placed troops in a US-allied country...

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It looks like Trump is doing everything possible to get physically closer to Putin

Heh. And if Trump had said no way U.S. troops would ever be deployed to Poland, you'd be saying he's Putin's puppet. No what what he does he can't win with you. Good thing it doesn't matter.

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Long overdue if you ask me. Let's just hope Trump doesn't screw it up.

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Trump's reward for a Polish president who didn't criticise him.

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@serrano No what what he does he can't win with you

Trump can never 'win' with me. No elected official who further damages the underlying principles of the US democratic republic or any democracy anywhere could ever 'win' with me.

Regardless what the current state of the US economy is. Corrections will occur. Negative externalities are already occurring.

Trump and his family are getting richer while he's in office. That - and getting attention - are all he's ever cared about. He's a repulsive human being. As are those defending his toy (planes, helicopters, fashion models, etc.) counts. As are those defending his quest for greater authority. How's that greater authority for a leader working out in Russia? China? North Korea?

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@IloveCoffee

I can sense a certain island located Northwest of Poland getting angry over the newfound special relationship between Poland and America.

If the people of that island get too angry all the plumbers will go home.

BTW, there have been long standing personal relationships between Americans and Poles for more than 125 years. If one counts people of Polish descent and not just immigrants of the last 50 years, Chicago has the second largest Polish population in the world.

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Trump couldn’t find Poland on a map.

Another attempt by trump to splinter NATO. 

I guess that trump is still trying to finish his promise to Putin to destroy NATO.

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I thought one of Trumps main election promises was to withdraw the US from all the world trouble spots. I must have misunderstood his English.

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Trump can never 'win' with me. No elected official who further damages the underlying principles of the US democratic republic or any democracy anywhere could ever 'win' with me.

And there you have it. Trump could find a cure for kidney disease and you'd complain he's screwing the dialysis machine makers.

By the way, he hasn't damaged the underlying principles of our Republic.

Trump couldn’t find Poland on a map.

Another attempt by trump to splinter NATO. 

I guess that trump is still trying to finish his promise to Putin to destroy NATO.

None of these statements have any basis in reality.

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I wonder how many American heads would implode if Mexico welcomed Russian troops to Camp Putin"

Precisely.....remember the outrage when 100 Russian advisors landed in Caracas ...and thats temporary. Hypocracy central.

On another note....that must be the first official photo on which a foreign first lady appears more fashionably dressed than Melanie.

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For the Russians and their history of combat, 1000 enemy troops wasn't a big matter! If you compared with the battle of Stalingrad where over 1 million perished! It is a cowardice move in Mr.Putin's vision!

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There's no more greater chance of having a permanent Russian base somewhere in the Americas than today's era.

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I look forward to "Camp Putin" in Cuba.

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The Poles like getting up the noses of the Russians, bit of a payback for WW2 and the aftermath.

Pity they've got to cosy up to Trump to do it, though.

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@serrano By the way, he hasn't damaged the underlying principles of our Republic.

Perhaps in the minds of his followers, particularly those who've long lauded Putin's authoritarianism.

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@serrano And there you have it. Trump could find a cure for kidney disease and you'd complain he's screwing the dialysis machine makers.

Whack sense of reality. Why would anyone other than a Trump fetishist even begin to think Trump, who's shown he doesn't even like to read, could do something like that.

He has said, though, that he could shoot someone and his base would still follow him. That says a lot for his base and the regard he has for them.

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“I could say it, but I don’t want to say it, but some people said it was the best speech ever made by a president in Europe,” he continued, declining to specify who had offered such praise. “But I did not say that. I’m just quoting other people.

Don, please! Your modesty is stunning. Just go ahead and admit that your speech wasn't just the best ever made by a president in Europe, it was the most awesome freaking speech ever made by anyone who ever lived! 

Oh, I did have one question though. When you say you were just quoting other people, exactly who were these other folks? KellyAnne? Pence? Melanie? Mitch? Lindsey?

https://www.politicalflare.com/2019/06/trump-just-said-he-gave-the-best-speech-ever-made-by-a-president-in-europe/

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I guess the chances of young Polish women getting raped just skyrocketed.

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@Serrano so whats it like living in the US under a Trump government?

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Trump couldn’t find Poland on a map.

Another attempt by trump to splinter NATO. 

I guess that trump is still trying to finish his promise to Putin to destroy NATO.

None of these statements have any basis in reality.

The first of these statements is based on the fact that Trump is very probably the least informed US president. His recent travesty when meeting the Irish PM was an exhibition of appalling ignorance and idiocy.

Whatever your view of Trump, I think we can all agree that depth of knowledge on Europe or any other part of the world isn’t his strong point.

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Donny's doing a great job of keeping us out of issues in foreign countries . . .

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By the way, he hasn't damaged the underlying principles of our Republic.

The principal of co-equal branches of government. The principal of a professional executive. The principal of not appeasing and capitulating to authoritarian tyrants like Kim. The principal of respect for the law. The principal of truth.

Except for those, you're probably correct. TEE HEE! HAR! Oh my . . .

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*principle x 5

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Serrano: By the way, he hasn't damaged the underlying principles of our Republic.

Got that right. The rich keep getting richer, and people on static social security checks keep falling behind, left out of the gains of the system. If the GOP wins the mandate to cut benefits to seniors, then I get more,

But surely you don’t have a problem with that.

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@Serrano so whats it like living in the US under a Trump government?

It's great! That's why thousands come in, legally and illegally, every month.

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"Russia is always looking out to take our territory."

What a moron. Can he explain coherently what for Russia now wants territory of Poland?

Anyway, after Fort Trump the U.S. should not say even a word if Russia deploys its troops in Venezuela, Cuba or Nicaragua. Two can play this game.

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1,000 American troops vs 1,000,000 Russian active troops?

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I could say it, but I don’t want to say it, but some people said it was the best speech ever made by a president in Europe

Ich bin ein idiot

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@Serrano It's great! That's why thousands come in, legally and illegally, every month...thought you lived in Japan my bad..

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The Polish people feel threatened, The American President, Political process, tax payers and citizens/ legal residents come to thier aid. We stand strong with them and promise protection.

Shame on the EU for once again doing nothing...

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How about stationing some American ICBM's in Turkey? Then we can have a remake of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.

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Interesting but not surprising that Trump is chummy with the holocaust denying Polish President as he is with the immigrant hating Hungary PM.

Both leaders like Trump have worked to undermine their respective constitutions and slowly pushing their countries towards an authoritarian structure .

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When the Feds finally come for the whole crime family, Fort Trumpski could also serve as the Trumps' Polish bolthole like Hitler's "Wolf's Lair", plus Putin's protection would just be a stone's throw away.

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@NCIS Reruns

How about stationing some American ICBM's in Turkey?

Very bright idea! Erdogan just ditched F-35s, and sure he would be more then delighted to station ICBMs on his territory.

@u_s__reamer

Trumps' Polish bolthole like Hitler's "Wolf's Lair", plus Putin's protection would just be a stone's throw away

Duda wants the U.S. base against Russia, and at the same time this base will have "Putin's protection"? Exemplary logic.

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Very bright idea! Erdogan just ditched F-35s, and sure he would be more then delighted to station ICBMs on his territory.

This isn't accurate. The ability of Erdogan to purchase F-35s was taken away, he didn't ditch anything given it wasn't his choice. Words have meanings.

Duda wants the U.S. base against Russia, and at the same time this base will have "Putin's protection"? Exemplary logic

Just because Duda wants it for protection from Russia does not exclude Putin watching out for Donny by protecting the base. Exemplary logic indeed.

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More concerned by the possible development and future deployment of next generation Intermediate-Range missile systems.

Install a thousand or so across ex-Warsaw pact states would guarantee to infuriate Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Install a thousand or so across ex-Warsaw pact states would guarantee to infuriate Russian President Vladimir Putin.

And he'd be quite justified in being infuriated.

Are there thousands of next generation Intermediate-Range missile systems deployed by the Russians on the Mexican and Canadian borders?

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I wish the US and Russia would keep their noses out of Europe.

Shame on Poland for allowing this.

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1,000 American troops vs 1,000,000 Russian active troops?

Our hardware works, theirs doesn’t...as well.

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Our hardware works, theirs doesn’t...as well.

You are incorrect. The Russians have many new weapons which have fearful capabilities. It has the world's largest nuclear armed sub believed located in the Baltic Sea. They have nuclear armed undersea drones which can reach America.

I think we would need a better defense than your opinion. If you were correct, no need for the gesture of 1,000 troops. Not clear if the Polish people are paying to have them, like in Germany which pays one third costs.

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You are incorrect.

No, I’m not, sure the Russians have some formidable equipment, but historically, they’re not good at maintaining them.

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Poland does not even share a border with Russia so not likely to be a place of invasion.

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@Joeintokyo

I guess the chances of young Polish women getting raped just skyrocketed.

What?! Poland has just changed its immigration policy to ape that of Germany and Sweden?

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@zichi

Poland does not even share a border with Russia so not likely to be a place of invasion.

You seem to be unaware of the excellent relations between Russia and Belarus.

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If the people of that island get too angry all the plumbers will go home.

There you go. Finally i made some of you show us your true colors.

The perpetuation of lies-based narrative in order to assert dominance and power. The narrative that Poles living in England are low-life plumbers who are at the mercy of their righteous English masters, so they shouldn't complain too much.

@Jimizo, see what i am talking about? It's not just a minority, they are the majority. It's what they always think, but rarely say out loud, because they are worried about their image, their fake image based on lies.

Notice the patterns. Make up a lie (=Polish people equal plumbers), repeat the lie, others conform to it, it becomes a mainstream narrative, now you can use it anytime to put others down and assert your dominance. It's such a flawless tactic, but it can only work with a collectivist societies.

Feels good to be vindicated once again.

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Anonymous

You seem to be unaware of the excellent relations between Russia and Belarus.

Please don't assume what I might know or are aware of. I'm a European and lived two thirds of my life there. Also my life begins at the end of WW2. Russian troops and tanks would have to enter Belarus to reach Poland.

I think these additional 1,000 troops are a friendly gesture by Trump to Poland than any boosting of the NATO defenses.

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