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President Donald Trump said the United States is looking "very seriously" at establishing a permanent military base in Poland.

On Monday, Polish President Andrzej Duda made a direct appeal to Trump for a permanent USA base when they met in Washington.

"The United States commits to explore options for an increased U.S. military role in Poland and we will intensify our consultations to determine the concept's feasibility", the White House said in a statement later. Warsaw had stated earlier it was ready to pay up to $2 billion to have a U.S. military base on its soil.

"The President offered us much more than $2 billion", Trump said.

Duda offered to call the base or bases "Fort Trump", likely playing to the president's tendency to incorporate his family name into buildings he's built, such as Trump Tower in NY and Trump International in Washington.

He joked that the base could be called "Fort Trump". We ourselves want to invest further.

"I am convinced there is no more effective method of preventing a war than a decisive stance illustrating that we are ready at any moment to repel possible attack", Duda said.

Trump, who has repeatedly threatened to punish countries if they don't spend enough on defense, said he would only agree if Poland is willing to pay the United States. At one point earlier this year, in a meeting with his advisers, Trump inquired about American troops stationed in Germany and asked about possibly removing them.

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Seeking a check on Russian aggression, Poland wants the 3,000 U.S. troops now deployed in Poland on a rotating basis to be upgraded to a larger, permanent presence.

Washington is a key military ally for Warsaw which, fearful of Russian Federation, has been pressing for a permanent USA troop presence in Poland.

Duda said Russian military expansion, starting with a takeover of rebel areas of neighboring Georgia and more recently the annexation of Ukraine's Black Sea Crimea region, was part of "constant violation of global law".

Trump said he agreed with Duda's arguments that Russian actions, especially the seizure of parts of Georgia and Ukraine, warranted a tough response.

"I think it's a very aggressive situation", Trump said.

The two are expected to discuss trade, the military and security, according to the White House. "I think Russian Federation has acted aggressively", he said.

"We are the piggy bank to the world".


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