US Army presence in Poland not in danger, following Bolton dismissal?

Top Washington officials have said that key US projects overseas are still on track following the shock dismissal of US National Security Advisor John Bolton by President Donald Trump.

Mr Bolton was in Poland at the end of August to discuss the future deployment of US troops in the country.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has assured that US President Trump’s decision to dismiss John Bolton is not going to influence US foreign policies.

“I'll leave it to the President to talk about the reasons he made the decision but I would say this, the President's entitled to the staff that he wants,” said secretary Mike Pompeo during a briefing in the White House.

Mr Pompeo also said that he had disagreed with John Bolton many times, however, he underlined that US foreign policies will remain the same.

When asked if President Trump is willing to meet Iranian President Hassan Rohani, the US Secretary of State confirmed, adding that the president is willing to meet “with no preconditions” at the UN General Assembly.

In August, John Bolton, United States National Security Advisor met Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak. The meeting concentrated on a new location for American troops in Poland.

In June, Polish President Andrzej Duda and US President Donald Trump signed a joint declaration calling for additional 1,000 US troops to be stationed in Poland. Currently, there are about 4,500 American soldiers in Poland, as part of a rotational NATO presence.

US President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday that he had informed John Bolton that his services “are no longer needed at the White House.”

“I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration,” President Trump added.

However, Mr Bolton told Reuters that the dismissal was his own decision.

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