SASC Chairman Inhofe Statement on U.S.-Poland Joint Defense Declaration

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today released the following statement on the joint declaration on U.S. force posture in Poland signed today by President Trump and Polish President Duda:

“Today’s joint declaration between President Trump and President Duda of Poland is a clear message to Putin that we’re serious about deterring Russian aggression,” Sen. Inhofe said. “It’s also a meaningful next step to the provision Sen. Boozman and I authored in last year’s National Defense Authorization Act, which directed the Department of Defense to study expanding our enduring presence in Poland, thereby strengthening our friendship and defense relationship with a key NATO ally.

“Going forward, I urge the Department of Defense to continue its focus on options for improving U.S. force posture in Europe, as well as the Indo-Pacific region, in accordance with the National Defense Strategy.”

Background: In May 2018, Sen. Inhofe led a delegation of Senate and House members to Poland, where the delegation met with military personnel to hear about countering Russian aggression in the region, as well as with Poland’s Deputy Minister of Defense to discuss the importance of the close U.S. and Polish partnership.