BERLIN (AP) -- Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush says the U.S. and NATO should consider putting thousands more troops to Poland's and the Baltic nations' border with Russia to deter President Vladimir Putin in Ukraine and elsewhere in Eastern Europe.
Speaking to reporters after a day of meetings and a speech in Germany, Bush called the Russian president "a bully" who will only back down when faced with a unified U.S.-European commitment to protecting eastern Europe.
Bush said there are things the U.S. can do, "just given the scale of our military to send a strong signal." U.S. troops are already stationed in the region.
After a final round of German meetings, Bush was headed to Poland, then Estonia, before returning to the U.S., where he plans to announce his candidacy Monday.