Trump confirms he intends moving US troops to Poland from Germany

Meeting Polish President Andrzej Duda in the White House on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump said that the two countries looked forward to sign a defense agreement, which would include sending more US troops to Poland.

At a news conference with Duda Trump said he might move US troops from Germany to Poland. “I think it sends a strong message to Russia,” Trump stressed where he criticized other European countries for buying Russian energy. “We’re going to be reducing our forces in Germany. Some will be coming home and some will be going to other places, but Poland would be one of those other places,” Trump said. “Germany is paying Russia billions of dollars to purchase energy from Russia. And through the pipeline. And I’m saying what’s that all about? You’re spending billions of dollars to Russia, then we’re supposed to defend you from Russia. So I think it’s... very bad,” Trump pointed out. Washington objects to the Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which would double the amount of gas piped directly from Russia to Germany and reduce the amount piped in Ukraine.

Critics have accused Duda and Trump of calling the visit just before the Polish election in order to improve the right-leaning Duda’s chances of winning, as his lead in opinion polls has dropped in recent weeks. Duda’s campaign has focused on rallying his conservative base with attacks on what he calls lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender “ideology,” while promising to protect popular social benefit programmes for families and pensioners that have transformed life for many poorer Poles.

Duda on Wednesday became the first foreign leader to visit US President Donald Trump since the coronavirus pandemic led to global lockdowns.

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