Trump, Duda sign agreement to send 1,000 more US troops to Poland

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President Trump, Polish President Andrzej Duda speak to the media from the Rose Garden.

The United States will send 1,000 more troops to Poland, which has agreed to pay the entire expense, in a move that boosts the nations' defense ties, President Trump has said.

"We'll be moving soldiers there," Trump said during his bilateral meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda at the 74th United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Monday. The two later inked the deal.

American service members will "likely" come from other places in Europe where they're already stationed Trump said. Officials say other details will be discussed in the coming weeks.

President Donald J. Trump participates in a signing ceremony with Polish President Andrzej Duda Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, at the InterContinental New York Barclay in New York City. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)
President Donald J. Trump participates in a signing ceremony with Polish President Andrzej Duda Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, at the InterContinental New York Barclay in New York City. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

"Poland came to us, they asked us if we would put some troops there and they will bear the entire expense," Trump said. "We appreciated that and we worked out a deal."

"They're going to be building us facilities that I'm sure will be very beautiful," the president added.

The Joint Declaration on Advancing Defense Cooperation builds on the framework discussed in June when the two leaders met in Washington, D.C

"We continue to develop the plan to bolster Polish–United States military ties and United States defense and deterrence capabilities in Poland. ... As noted, this enduring presence is expected to grow by approximately 1,000 additional United States military personnel in the near term," according to the document.

President Trump participates in a signing ceremony with Polish President Andrzej Duda Monday in New York City. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)
President Trump participates in a signing ceremony with Polish President Andrzej Duda Monday in New York City. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

The two countries have determined six locations where the U.S. troops will be stationed.

"Additionally, Poland and the United States have engaged in extensive dialogue about the most suitable location in Poland for an armored brigade combat team," the agreement states. "These discussions are ongoing and reflect the close operational and strategic cooperation of Poland and the United States."

The nations remain "optimistic about identifying the location for the armored brigade combat team," according to the document.

The agreement ultimately "stream[lines] the functioning of the United States forces in Poland" and strengthens the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), it states.

Poland has said in the past that it would pay for a U.S. military facility in its country, unofficially dubbed "Fort Trump."

"The people of Poland love the United States. We love the people of Poland. We love the Polish people," Trump said Monday, noting that Poland has been a "great country" as far as the United States is concerned.

Trump participates in a signing ceremony with Polish President Andrzej Duda Monday. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)
Trump participates in a signing ceremony with Polish President Andrzej Duda Monday. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

There are already about U.S. 4,500 troops stationed in Poland. Trump over the summer said the U.S. would send an additional 1,000 troops there but at the time stopped short of committing to a military facility.

Poland has in the past offered to pay up to $2 billion to build a base or multiple bases for U.S. troops.

When visiting the U.S. in June, Duda expressed concerns about neighboring Russia. Poland shares a small northeast border with a Russian territory.

“We would like Russia to be our friend, but unfortunately, Russia again is showing its very unkind, unpleasant imperial face,” Duda said while visiting the White House and discussing the countries' military deal at the time.

Trump said the thinks Russia and Poland can have a "great relationship."

"I think it’s possible. I really do,” Trump said at the time. “I think because of what you’ve done, and the strength, and maybe we help also, because of what we’re doing and doing for Poland."

Fox News' Fred Lucas and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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