Donald Trump will send 1000 troops to Poland to deter Russian aggression (Image: GETTY)
Mr Trump confirmed the news at a joint press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda. The press conference came at White House Rose Garden after the duo signed a cooperation agreement. Mr Duda said the move would help solidify Poland’s ties to the West.
Mr Trump said the troops could come from US forces in Germany but avoiding directly criticising Vladimir Putin with the two set to meet in Japan in two weeks.
He told reporters: "I hope that Poland is going to have a great relationship with Russia. I hope that we're going to have a great relationship with Russia.”
US troops were sent to Poland in 2016 in response to Russian involvement in Ukraine and NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg has welcomed the news.
In a statement, Mr Stoltenberg said: "Today's announcement is part of NATO's measured, defensive and proportionate efforts to strengthen our deterrence and defence.”