Trump in Warsaw: US has never been closer to Poland
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US President Donald Trump said during a visit to Warsaw on Thursday that America has “never been closer to Poland”.
Donald Trump and Andrzej Duda in Warsaw. Photo: PAP/Radek Pietruszka
His comments came after face-to-face security and trade talks with Polish President Andrzej Duda.
Trump said: “The president and I concluded a productive meeting in which we reaffirmed our enduring bonds of friendship [which] have united our citizens for a long time. We’ve never been closer to Poland, I think, than we are right now.”
Duda said Trump’s visit underlined the strength of ties between Poland and the United States.
Duda said: "I am extremely pleased with this visit to Warsaw, which is one of the first international visits by the president, because it highlights our ties and the high quality of the alliance between Poland and the United States."
He added: "It also demonstrates that we are and both consider ourselves to be loyal partners, as those who work together on many levels” including in NATO.
US troops in Poland
Polish politicians have been hoping for a Trump commitment to the long-term deployment of US troops in Poland, which is worried about regional security following the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014.
Trump told reporters: “Poland’s been right there with us, training Iraqi special forces and flying reconnaissance missions, and just about any time we requested they were there."
He added: “Brave Polish soldiers have fought and worked side by side in Iraq and Afghanistan and on behalf of all Americans I want to solute you, I want to thank you.”
Duda said that in talks with Trump the leaders had reached a preliminary agreement that the Polish president would visit the United States next year.
After meeting Duda, the US president spoke to 12 Central European, Baltic, and Western Balkan leaders at a Three Seas Conference in Warsaw.
The Three Seas initiative aims to boost cooperation among countries between the Black, Baltic and Adriatic Seas.
Trump also delivered an address at a monument to Poles who fought in the 1944 Warsaw Uprising against Nazi German occupation.