Poland of­fers to put down $2 bil­lion for ‘Fort Trump’

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En­tic­ing 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

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