Speaking in Warsaw, Poland during a 4 day trip to Europe, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that he wants to bolster the U.S. military in Europe amid simmering tensions with Russia over its actions in Ukraine and called on Congress to fork over $1 billion to support the agenda.
“Today I’m announcing a new initiative to bolster the security of our NATO allies here in Europe. Under this effort, and with the support of Congress, the United States will pre-position more equipment in Europe. We will be expanding our exercises and training with allies to increase the readiness of our forces.”
According to the White House the funds would be used for rotations of air and ground forces as well as military exercises and training missions in Europe. Preliminary reports also indicate the President wants to increase U.S. Navy participation in NATO deployments in the Baltic and Black seas while boosting the military capability of non-NATO countries which border Russia – including Georgia, Moldova and UKRAINE. Obama is scheduled to meet with the newly elected president of Ukraine during his trip as well as other leaders from Eastern Europe to offer reassurance that the U.S. is committed to security in the region.
Mounting tensions between the U.S. and Russia have escalated dramatically since Russia seized Ukraine’s Crimea region. Both Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin – who have seemingly become bitter rivals in the past few years – are expected to attend the 70th anniversary of D-Day in France on Friday and while no official meetings have been planned White House officials haven’t ruled out a chance encounter.
As of May 30th the U.S. national debt was $17,516,958,495,107.78 – which is seventeen trillion, five hundred sixteen billion, nine hundred fifty eight million, four hundred ninety five thousand, one hundred and seven dollars and seventy eight cents.