U.S. President Trump and Polish President Andrzej Duda discuss defense, economic relations
U.S. President Trump held on Wednesday a joint press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda at the rose garden after a private meeting in the Oval office at the White House.
Polish President Andrzej Duda became the first foreign leader to visit U.S. President Donald Trump since the coronavirus pandemic led to global lockdowns.
Trump said he looked forward to signing a defense cooperation agreement with Polish President Andrzej Duda.
"Last year we signed two joint declarations to increase our security collaboration, and we look forward to signing a defense cooperation agreement," Trump said.
Trump said he might move U.S. troops from Germany to Poland. The Republican president wants to take thousands of U.S. forces out of Germany, feeling the United States is bearing too much of a financial burden for the deployment.
"We're going to be reducing our forces in Germany. Some will be coming home and some will be going to other places, but Poland would be one of those other places," He said.
Duda welcomed the new defense corporation agreement as very important to European security and to Poland's security in particular.
"Today we are entering another stage, namely there is a possibility of further increase in American troops in our country," he said.
The U.S. president also said his administration is working on an agreement with Polish president to build a nuclear plant in Poland.
Both presidents met prior to national elections in both countries as Polish presidential elections will be taking place on June 28, just four days removed from Duda's visit to the White House.