The push to advance U.S.-Poland relations is gaining momentum. A mutual distrust of Russia is the bedrock of their relationship, and so it was with Russia in mind that the U.S. and Polish presidents recently met. Andrzej Duda renewed Warsaw’s request for a greater U.S. military presence, one that would establish a permanent base and more troops. Donald Trump would seriously consider the move, especially since Poland offered $2 billion to help fund the project. Poland also expressed its desire for the U.S. to help stop the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from moving forward, and though the U.S. does not support the project, it stopped short of imposing sanctions on the companies that do. Instead, Washington will counter Russia’s energy influence in other ways, including more liquefied natural gas shipments and terminal development.
Kim Jong Un has offered concessions to keep talks alive with the U.S. After two days of landmark meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Kim said the