Polish presidential aide refutes Reuter's report on Fort Trump failure

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Polish presidential aide Krzysztof Szczerski on Friday called a report by Reuter's new agency on the alleged failure of the Fort Trump concept "total disinformation." Fort Trump is Poland's plan to set up a permanent US military base in Poland.

Reuters wrote on Wednesday that "Poland's grand proposal in 2018 to name a military base in honor of Donald Trump, in return for the U.S. president placing a permanent presence there, has crumbled amid disputes over how to fund the deployment and where to garrison the soldiers." There is also the problem of the legal status of US troops, according to the agency.

"First of all: this information is complete disinformation, and not information," Szczerski told Polish public Radio One on Friday.

Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak also denied the report on Twitter. "We are now arranging the final details," he wrote.

Adam Bielan, campaign spokesperson for President Andrzej Duda, who is running for re-election, also called the Reuters report "fake news."

US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher denied the report in a tweet on Thursday.

"More fake news! Negotiations are on track! President Trump @POTUS & @Prezydentpl Duda's vision for increased US presence in Poland will be even greater than originally outlined. Announcement coming soon," she wrote.