Poland offers to put down $2 billion for ‘Fort Trump’
The proposal was first laid out by Polish officials over the summer and reiterated by Polish President Andrzej Duda during a recent visit to the White House. Poland has offered to pay up to $2 billion for the construction and operation of the base. Pentagon officials, who are still weighing the offer, haven’t said whether that amount would cover all necessary construction costs.
During a joint press conference with Mr. Trump, Mr. Duda cast the idea as a way for the U.S. to fulfill its role as a “guarantor of security in our part of Europe.” He also offered Mr. Trump the chance to put his name on the facility — a potentially appealing proposition for a president whose moniker already adorns hotels, golf courses, resorts and other properties around the world.
“I’m convinced that this cooperation between Poland and the United States will go on smoothly. I hope that Mr. President will make a decision to deploy to Poland more U.S. units, together with equipment,” the Polish president said. “I said that I would very much like for us to set up permanent American bases in Poland, which we would call ‘Fort Trump.’ And I firmly believe that this is possible. I am convinced that such a decision lies both in the Polish interest as well as in the interest of the United States.”
Mr. Trump seemed to welcome the idea, especially since it includes the upfront payment of at least $2 billion. He drew a distinction between Poland’s request and