Monday, January 30, 2017

'God bless American President Trump': NATO trains with Polish military

Joel Gehrke,

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U.S. tanks put on a show for American and Polish officials as part of a training exercise designed to deter any potential Russian aggression in the region.
"We believe an attack from the east is unlikely, but it's having troops on the ground here that makes it even more unlikely," U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges told reporters, according to Stars and Stripes.
Hodges, the top Army general in Europe, has overseen the deployment of 3,500 U.S. troops to Poland in the lead up to the first joint exercises between NATO and the Polish military. The deployment angered the Russian government, which dubbed it "a threat" to Russian security. 
The training exercise provided an occasion for implicit outreach to Trump by Polish officials. "Today I know that Poland will not be threatened," Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz said. "God bless American President Trump." Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has engaged in similar public diplomacy, echoing Trump's campaign slogan while calling for the new administration to continue to lead NATO. "America should be great again, ..."

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