United States President Donald Trump announces that he will “probably” be sending US troops from Germany to Poland. He was speaking at a joint press conference with visiting Polish President Andrzej Duda. After the coronavirus outbreak, Duda is the first foreign leader to visit the US.
Last week, the American president said he will be reducing some of its forces in Germany from nearly 52,000 at present to 25,000. When being asked by the reporters about his decision to reduce the number of troops.
“They (Poland) asked us if we would send some additional troops. They’re going to pay for that. They’ll be paying for the sending of additional troops. We will probably be moving them from Germany to Poland,” Trump said.
“We’re going to be reducing in Germany very substantially down to about 25,000 troops. We actually had 52,000 but we’ll be moving it down to about 25,000,” he said. “Germany’s paying a very small fraction of what they’re supposed to be paying. They should be paying two per cent and they’re paying a little bit more than one per cent depending on how you calculate. They are paying less than one per cent,” he added.
“Some will be coming home and some will be going to other places. But Poland would be one of those other places. Other places in Europe,” he further added.
According to Trump, his decision will be a very strong signal for Russia. “You’re giving billions of dollars to Russia, then we’re supposed to defend you from Russia?” Trump expressed dissatisfaction towards Germany.
As per sources, Poland’s capital Warsaw and Washington have been strengthening their security and diplomatic ties. Poland is not ready to accept any of the energy from the Russian pipeline. Poland has long sought the deployment of a permanent US military force on its territory. The US military has approximately 4500 rational troops in Poland.