Trump hosts joint news conference with Poland president

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks next to first lady Melania Trump during a meeting with Poland's President Andrzej Duda in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington U.S

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks next to first lady Melania Trump during a meeting with Poland's President Andrzej Duda in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington U.S

WASHINGTON-President Donald Trump told Polish President Andrzej Duda that he's considering his counterpart's offer of putting a USA military base in Poland, because of concerns about Russian military aggression in the region.

Joined by Poland President Andrzej Duda, Trump told reporters in the Oval Office that Poland was "willing to make a very major contribution to the United States to come in and have a presence in Poland".

Trump also said the United States was considering a visa waiver program for Poland.

Trump then hailed Poland's offer to pay $2 billion toward USA costs, even as he blasted other unnamed "immensely wealthy" countries the US effectively pays to defend.

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

Duda suggested building a permanent U.S. base in Poland and said he would name it "Fort Trump".

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"There is a whole range of arguments in favor of the fact that the presence of the United States armed forces in this area is absolutely justified", Duda said.

Poland has repeatedly requested a permanent us military presence on its soil amid fears of Russian aggression, offering up to $2 billion in funding for such a base.

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The Times reported that Vladimir Dzhabarov - a member of the Russian Federation Council's Foreign Affairs Committee - said if the US were to move forward with the base, Poland would become "the object of a retaliatory strike". "We're looking at it from, number one, military protection for both countries, and also, cost".

The law imposes a lower retirement age, removing numerous court's judges including its president - a move Poland's government said will help to free the country from its last ties to the old communist regime.

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

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 worldwide law".

"I think its a very aggressive situation". "I think Russian Federation has acted aggressively".

"If they're willing to do that, it's something we will certainly talk about", he added.

"They respect force. They respect strength as anyone does".

The two are expected to discuss trade, the military and security, according to the White House.

"We are the piggy bank to the world".

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