Trump expects warm welcome in Poland at start of Europe trip

James Marshall
July 7, 2017

In what may be the most-watched event of the four-day trip, the president will meet Putin on Friday on the sidelines of an global summit in Hamburg, Germany.

President Donald Trump has arrived in Poland ahead of an outdoor address in Warsaw on Thursday and energy talks with European leaders.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, head of the ruling party Law and Justice (PiS), gave his views on immigration at a party convention in Przysucha, 100 km (60 miles) south of Warsaw.

Trump planned to make the calls from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he spent the weekend.

Putin meeting, North Korea missile test threaten to overshadow President Donald Trump's agenda in Europe.

Poland's conservative government is hailing the visit as a huge success for its diplomacy and a confirmation of its European standing.

Poland has a moral right to say "no" to refugees, the country's most powerful politician said on Saturday.

That is highly unlikely, no matter what Kaczynski may believe.

Trump has scheduled talks with the leaders of Poland and Croatia and may hold a joint news conference - his first one overseas - with Polish President Andrzej Duda.

"Now is the time for allied solidarity", Wilczek said.

Trump is under pressure at home to take a tough line in his first face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on issues such as Moscow's support for President Bashar al-Assad in Syria's civil war and allegations of Russian meddling in last year's USA election.

In June when Trump announced that the United States was pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, new French President Emmanuel Macron, delivered a joint statement between France, Italy, and Germany and ended it in his own way. He posted the speech to his own Twitter account which can be heard below, and his message to Trump came out loud and clear.

"He'd like the United States and the entire West to develop a more constructive relationship with Russian Federation", said the White House national security adviser, H.R. McMaster. Merkel has also said on more than one occasion that the United States can no longer be seen as reliable "allies".

That's probably why the Polish government is assembling cheering crowds to greet Trump once he arrives in Warsaw on Wednesday afternoon.

According to Newsweek, Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz said that Poland's government was being attacked by "liberals, post-communists, lefties, and genderists".

Trump's overseas trip will be his first since he announced that he was withdrawing the US from the landmark Paris climate agreement, to the regret of a number of world leaders who had lobbied Trump to remain in the 2015 pact.

Trump may be "changing the world's political scene", but it seems that Poland and perhaps, Russia, are the only ones that agree with the way he is doing it.

But first Trump will stop in Poland, where leaders are looking for reassurance that the presence of USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops there will continue as long as the region's security is threatened by a resurgent Russian Federation.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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