- Poles see Trump’s nationalism as a mirror of their own as they push back against EU mandates on immigration and refugee resettlement
- ‘There is no love for Germany in Poland,’ one man said Wednesday on a Warsaw street; ‘Screw Russia. We don’t need Russia,’ said another
- Trump will speak Thursday in Krasinski Square, where a monument stands to a 1944 popular uprising against German occupation
( Daily Mail ) The nation of Poland prepared a hero’s welcome for U.S. President Donald Trump in advance of his Wednesday night arrival in Warsaw. But the Polish government executed a decidedly understated ceremony to greet Air Force One at Chopin Airport.
Lawmakers in the formerly communist nation see in Trump a mirror of their own brand of nationalism that has seen many Poles bristle against an iron-fisted European Union centered on Germany.
Among the European nations, Poland is one of the holdouts against the notion of resettling massive numbers of foreigners.
‘The Polish government has the same position as Americans — we want strict restrictions on refugees,” legislator Krzysztof Mróz told The Wall Street Journal.
For Trump’s arrival, President Andrzej Duda sent his top aides to put on a far smaller affair than the all-out pomp and circumstance that awaited the U.S. leader in Saudi Arabia when he deplaned on his first foreign presidential trip six weeks ago.
…President Trump’s grand entrance in Warsaw will be seen worldwide before he sets foot in Germany, France or the United Kingdom, something that a White House official gamely said Wednesday was ‘half because of the calendar, and half on purpose, but not meant to be a stick in anyone’s eye.’
He will visit Hamburg on Friday and Saturday for a G20 summit, and Paris the following Friday for Bastille Day celebrations. No calendar has been set for a UK trip.