“‘It’s hard to name too many European countries that don’t have a ruptured relationship with the Trump administration. Poland is an exception,’ said Julianne Smith, a former Obama appointee and top Pentagon official who described the decision to host Duda at the White House days before his election as ‘shocking.’

“An agreement on Fort Trump or increased U.S. troop presence may be far from certain, as there are some complex issues to settle — who will foot the bill, for example — and the Poles are tough negotiators. But, Smith said, ‘the Poles do want to take advantage of the fact that they have a U.S. president that is intent on rewarding them for spending a lot on defense, and they want to see what they can get out of that…'”

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