Wednesday, 12 June 2019

President Trump is sending additional troops to Poland to counter Russian military activity in the region.

The U.S. rotates a fighting force of 4,500 troops through Poland already. Trump agreed to deploy an additional 1,000 troops at Polish President Andrej Duda's request.

They made it official at the White House before a joint news conference, where Trump said the U.S. and Poland have an 'extraordinary' security relationship and he'd be visiting the European nation for a second time in September.

'I hope that Poland's going to have a great relationship with Russia. I hope that we're going to have a great relationship with Russia,' he said in the Rose Garden, as he confirmed he'd be meeting with Vladimir Putin this month in Osaka.

 Trump and the Russian leader are holding a summit on the sidelines on the Group of 20's annual gathering.

'I'll be meeting with Putin at the G20,' he told reporters in the Oval Office before he signed the Polish security accord. 'I'll be meeting with many of the leaders at the G20.'

He said in an Oval Office meeting with Duda that he hopes Russia isn't a threat and the country will 'get along' with Poland and the rest of its European neighbors.

'I hope not. Tell you what, we're with everybody and I hope not. I think that Russia will treat Poland with respect just like the rest of the world is treating. Poland has really built up a great country,' he said. 'I want everybody to get along.'

Trump said he could take executive action to block Russia from selling natural gas to allies like Germany that the U.S. is also trying to distribute it's product to, underscoring his repeated claims that a pipeline that's under construction is security threat.

'People have a right to do what they want to do,' he said, but added, 'It's a, you know, something that I've been looking at and I'm thinking about.'

He said, 'I do think that Germany is putting themselves at a tremendous disadvantage when 50, 60, or 70 percent of their energy is being supplied by Russia. I don’t know how you can do it.'

The U.S. president said Germany could block Russia by refusing to purchase oil Moscow.

'They shouldn’t buy it. Or, if they want to, they can. But that’s really a decision of Germany. I'm not saying that I would be in favor,' he said. 'I think the German people aren’t very happy about it. Because it really makes Germany a hostage of Russia if things ever happened that were bad.'

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