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Army Official Finds Fault With 'Fort Trump' Offer

Mark Esper is the secretary of the U.S. Army
Army Secretary Mark Esper (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 19 September 2018 10:17 PM

A U.S. Army official says the space Poland has offered for "Fort Trump" is not big or "robust" enough to train U.S. troops.

In remarks to AFP, Army Secretary Mark Esper said the area and terrain proposed by Poland's President Andrzej Duda will not accommodate a permanent facility.

"It was not sufficient in terms of size and what we could do in the maneuver space and certainly on the ranges," Esper told AFP.  "You need a lot of range space to do tank gunnery, for example."

The terrain, he added, is "maybe not robust enough to really allow us to maintain the level of readiness we would like to maintain."

President Donald Trump had hailed the offer, saying Tuesday he is considering the idea — and Poland has offered more than $2 billion to the U.S. to pay for such an effort.

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