Arriving in Europe, Trump faces stiff challenge in Merkel, Putin showdowns

Arriving in Europe, Trump faces stiff challenge in Merkel, Putin showdowns

Arriving in Europe, Trump faces stiff challenge in Merkel, Putin showdowns

En route to a potentially fractious G20 summit in Germany, Trump will take part in a gathering of leaders from central Europe, Baltic states and the Balkans, an event convened by Poland and Croatia to boost regional trade and infrastructure. "For Europe, how the personal meeting goes between these two is going to be pretty crucial". President Trump is thought to be a "kindred spirit" who will provide support for Poland's own desires to "push to loosen the European Union and rebalance it away from Berlin".

Poland is one of the largest buyers of Russia's natural gas.

The White House did not comment on the alleged plans for the staged crowds.

Trump will look to a public speech Thursday to burnish his credentials as a global statesman and deflect criticism that he invited ridicule on the United States after an acrimonious G7 summit during his first trip overseas in May. Among the 37 countries Pew surveyed, Trump scored higher marks than his predecessor, President Barack Obama, in only two: Russian Federation and Israel.

Thursday President Trump will also visit Krasinski Square in Warsaw to deliver what the White House is describing as an "uplifting" speech to the people of Poland.

Donald Trump should land at Warsaw later Wednesday evening.

Poland's affinity for the United States is rooted in Reagan's actions to counter the USSR and truly blossomed when his successor, George H.W. Bush, helped orchestrate a soft landing for the country as it left the Soviet bloc.

While in Europe, Trump will also have to continue addressing escalating tensions with North Korea after it test-launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile on Tuesday. Still others are suspicious of intentions all around as the nationalist, anti-immigrant Polish government appears eager to drive a wedge between the US and the European Union faithful, such as Germany.

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. A Warsaw native, he spoke approvingly of the new American president because Trump is pro-Poland.

The Associated Press notes that Poland could be seen as exemplary by Trump because it spends 2 percent of its gross domestic product on the military, which he has called on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders to do. "[Others] envy it, the British are attacking us because of it". "It's not clear that those will be noticeable on the first meeting".

The Polish government has expressed excitement about Mr Trump's stop in Warsaw - in contrast to some of the frostier reception he is expected to receive in western European capitals - with defence minister Antoni Macierewicz saying the visit shows "how much Poland's place in geopolitics and world politics has changed".

"It is important that President Trump feel good about his visit to Poland", Stanislaw Pieta, a member of parliament for the Party of Law and Justice told the AFP.

Ruszczynski praised Trump's decision to come to Poland before Germany as "a very courageous decision".

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