The Polish President Just Suggested Setting Up 'Fort Trump' in Poland and Trump's Reaction Has the Internet Divided

U.S. President Donald Trump and Polish President Andrzej Sebastian Duda participate in a joint news conference at the East Room of the White House September 18, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The United States is the largest operator of military bases outside their own borders, with 38 "named bases" or permanent installations. After the end of the cold war, locations for United States military bases opened up in once communist controlled countries.

One such country was Poland. NATO opened the Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) in Bydgoszcz, Poland, in 2004. During the Iraq War—when Germany did not join United States forces—the Department of Defense looked at moving some military installations out of Germany and into Poland.


When he first took office, President Trump's first official visit was to Poland. Now Polish President Andrzej Duda is visiting Washington DC.

The Polish President came with a proposal for President Trump. Poland—who suffered invasions by their neighbors throughout their history—would like the US to create a permanent military presence in Poland.

And the perfect name for the base? Fort Trump, of course. The two leaders spoke of the proposal in the Oval Office in front of the press before having a joint formal press conference. President Duda referred to the proposed base as Fort Trump then as well.

But when President Duda makes the same announcement during the news conference, people are not quite sure what to make of Trump's facial expressions.

Watch the moment on video here.

The US President always gives a rather animated facial display when he is listening to others speak. In this case, people can see the moment the translation catches up, when Trump's facial expression changes from listening...

US President Donald Trump listens to Polish President Andrzej Sebastian Duda. (Twitter video screen grab)

...to a reaction some interpret as him being opposed to the name, but...

US President Donald Trump reacts to "Fort Trump." (Twitter video screen grab)

...immediately after, his face takes on an expression that some say means he is actively considering the idea and like the suggestion of Fort Trump.

US President Donald Trump reacts to "Fort Trump." (Twitter video screen grab)

The US President stated he is considering the proposed base, but did not directly address the name. Poland's President pledged to pay $2 billion of the costs and name the facility "Fort Trump" during the Oval Office meeting. Duda stated:

"I hope that we will build Fort Trump in Poland together, Mr. President."

Trump responded that Poland's security is "very important" to him.

During the press conference, Duda said:

"I am convinced that there is no more an effective method of preventing a war than a decisive stance demonstrating that we are ready at any moment to repel possible attack."
"When we have a strong military presence in this part of Europe, where there is a potential threat, there will be no war happening ever."

While President Trump did not give a definitive answer, he said:

"Poland would be paying the United States billions of dollars for a base. We are looking at that more and more from a standpoint of defending really wealthy countries and not being reimbursed."
"The President offered us much more than $2 billion to do this and so we are looking at it from the standpoint of number one military protection for both countries and also cost."

Trump criticized NATO members for not paying enough for the US military during meetings with allies.

But would the United States, or Poland, be held to the name Fort Trump?

The majority of military bases get their names from their location, like Ramstein Air Base in Germany or Norfolk Naval Base in Virginia, or from military leaders like Fort Wainwright in Alaska or Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. There are no US military bases named after Presidents.

As for reactions to the name, or rather what people think Donald Trump thinks of Fort Trump, people are divided. Some are certain he loved the idea.

Some complained the proposal was an attempt to manipulate the president.

But others maintained Trump would never approve a Fort named after him.

No timeline was provided for a final decision on a permanent US military base in Poland.

C-SPAN

If you think Fox News is the most loyal network to President Donald Trump, you likely haven't heard of One America News Network, or OAN.

The unabashedly pro-Trump network—largely considered a far-Right fringe outlet—has enjoyed expanded viewership over recent years thanks to glowing reviews from the President.

It's even been added to the prestigious White House press pool.

People were reminded of the network's bizarre Trump-era ascension during Monday's White House press briefing regarding the pandemic that—at the time of this writing—has resulted in over 3,000 deaths across the United States.

OAN's White House correspondent Chanel Rion compared the growing number of deaths from the pandemic to abortion procedures, asking Trump if abortions should be suspended all together.

The question flummoxed Trump himself.

Watch below.

Rion said:

"2,405 Americans have died from [the virus] in the last 60 days. Meanwhile, you have 2,369 children who are killed by their mothers through elective abortions each day. That's 16 and a half thousand children killed every week. Two states have suspended elective abortion to make more resources available...Should more states be doing the same?"

Even Trump seemed confused by the question, and notably didn't wade into the abortion aspect of the question:

"I think what we're doing, we're trying to, as a group ,governors—and that's Republicans and Democrats—we're just working together to solve this problem. What you're mentioning has been going on for a long time and it's a sad event, a lot of sad events in this country. But what we're doing now is working on the virus...and I think we're doing a great job—as good a job as you can possibly do."

People noticed that even Trump—either purposely or otherwise—didn't take the bait from one of his favorite networks.




Rion, who is Asian-American, previously made headlines when she asked Trump—who'd been criticized for describing the virus as "Chinese Virus"—if the phrase "Chinese food" was racist.

Her questions, while satiating viewers who prioritize "owning the libs" over potentially lifesaving information, have only confirmed the degradation of the press corps under the Trump era.




OAN's only redeemable quality? It doesn't claim to be "fair and balanced."


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Alcindor asked Trump about the the skepticism he expressed that New York—the epicenter of the health crisis facing the United States—was exaggerating the number of lifesaving ventilators it needs to help curb the virus.

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Though the President didn't reciprocate, Alcindor remained professional and repeated her question despite the President's attacks on her journalistic integrity in front of her colleagues.

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Alcindor referred to statements Trump made on far-right Fox News host Sean Hannity's show.

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Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has made clear that New York has yet to reach the height of the pandemic. The current number of ventilators is not enough to treat all of the infections to come, which could force doctors into rationing them and choosing not to treat patients with less optimistic prognoses.

Alcindor later pointed out that Trump did, in fact, express skepticism that New York was asking for ventilators they didn't need.

People called Trump out for responding to his own words with petty attacks.



They praised Alcindor for holding him accountable when so many others won't.




This was far from the first time Trump personally attacked Alcindor for doing her job.

Astonishingly, Trump denied his own words again in the same press conference when CNN reporter Jeremy Diamond asked Trump to elaborate on his Friday statements that governors aren't being "appreciative" enough of him and his administration.

If a President isn't beholden to congressional oversight, basic transparency, and even his own words, how can he be beholden to the American people?

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