Jeb Bush says US needs to expand military presence in central Europe
Former Florida Governor and potential Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush smiles as he stands in front of the Memory Wall at the Warsaw Uprising Museum in Warsaw, Poland, June 11, 2015. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

Likely presidential candidate Jeb Bush said on Thursday the United States needs to increase its military presence in central Europe.

"I do know that we need to expand our presence here ... we ought to have a more significant presence in this region,"

Bush told reporters during a visit to Poland.

"The numbers (of soldiers) are, I understand, in the hundreds, and that doesn't send a signal of strength. We need to be more robust, and need to encourage our allies to invest more in security."

Jeb Bush is expected to announce his bid for the U.S. Republican presidential nomination on June 15 in Miami, hoping to follow in the footsteps of his father and brother.