Diplomat: Poland Doesn’t View Trump as Cozy With Putin

The Daily Signal | 7/15/2019 | Staff
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From the perspective of a country counting itself as the “best barometer” of concern about Russia’s aggression, President Donald Trump is anything but soft on the government of Vladimir Putin, a top Polish official in the U.S. says.

Trump pledged last month to put 2,000 more U.S. troops in Poland, at a time when that nation is wary not only because of its own distant history with Russia but because of Russia’s invasions of Georgia in 2008 and Ukraine in 2014. The U.S. already has about 4,000 troops in Poland.

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“It couldn’t be clearer that the president is far from … cozy with Russia,” Maciej Golubiewski, the New York-based consul-general of Poland for the U.S., told The Daily Signal in a recent phone interview.

“Poles I think are the best barometer of what it means to be cozy with Russia, because we are the closest ones who understand the threat,” Golubiewski said.

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Trump met June 12 at the White House with Polish President Andrzej Duda. Trump is set to travel to Poland in September, where he is expected to announce Poland’s inclusion in the Visa Waiver Program during his second visit to the country.

Golubiewski recalled Trump’s July 2017 speech in Poland, a strong defense of America’s Western allies and a critique of Russia that was widely regarded as one of Trump’s best foreign policy speeches.

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“He couldn’t have been clearer about his condemnations of what Russia is doing in Ukraine and what Russia is doing in Syria and what Russia is doing in blackmailing Europe with creating that monopolistic supply of gas,” Golubiewski said of the speech Trump made two years ago.

The United States is the “sole guarantor for security in Europe,” Golubiewski said, and Poland will provide the infrastructure for the division headquarters of American troops, which some call...
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