Deals with Poland include more troops for our ally, inclusion in the Visa Waiver program, and 32 Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets
While the U.S. Congress used recently altered whistle-blower rules and parody conversations to work itself into a fevered frenzy over impeachment, President Donald Trump made some significant deals with Poland’s President Andrzej Duda.
To begin with, the U.S. will send 1,000 more troops to Poland, and the Central European nation will pay the entire expense.
“We’ll be moving soldiers there,” Trump said during his bilateral meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda at the 74th United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Monday. The two later inked the deal.
American service members will “likely” come from other places in Europe where they’re already stationed. Trump said. Officials say other details will be discussed in the coming weeks.
“Poland came to us, they asked us if we would put some troops there and they will bear the entire expense,” Trump said. “We appreciated that and we worked out a deal.”
“They’re going to be building us facilities that I’m sure will be very beautiful,” the president added.
Next, Trump told Poland’s president that he expected to announce Polish entry into the U.S. visa waiver program in coming weeks.
Poland has long sought access to the State Department’s Visa Waiver Program under which most citizens of participating countries can travel to the United States for tourism or business for up to 90 days without obtaining a U.S. visa.
“President Trump informed President Duda that he expects to announce Poland’s entry into the Visa Waiver Program in the coming weeks,” the White House said in a brief statement about the talks on the sidelines of the annual U.N. General Assembly.
Legal Insurrection readers may recall that Trump cancelled a planned trip to Poland to deal with Hurricane Dorian (who can forget SharpieGate?). The White House indicates that meeting will soon be rescheduled.
Finally, the U.S. State Department has approved a proposed sale of 32 Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets worth $6.5 billion to Poland.
In April, the Pentagon told Congress it was considering selling the jets to the European nation, a NATO member, as well as Greece, Romania, Spain and Singapore.
The sale would boost Poland’s contributions to NATO and reduce the country’s dependence on Russian equipment, replacing Poland’s MiG-29 and Su-22 fleet, a State Department official said in a statement. “Poland will have no difficulty absorbing these aircraft into its armed forces,” the statement said.
Clearly, Trump is working on behalf of the American people and boosting our allies as well. Congress appears to be working on its own aggrandizement . . . with a side of self-protection.DONATE
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