U.S. President Donald Trump can expect a warm welcome Wednesday when heÂ arrives in Poland for a brief state visit before the G20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany.
Polandâ€™s populist government spent several months trying to persuade Trump to visit the country. Ministers considers the trip aÂ â€œhuge success,â€Â and they have promised the president a crowd of supporters upon his arrivalÂ in Warsaw.
The government has arranged buses to bring supporters to the capital, where Trump is expected to deliver a â€œmajor speech,â€ as part of the invitation.
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Friday that Trump will ask other European countries to â€œtake inspirationâ€ from Poland and praise its â€œemergence as a European power.â€Â (RELATED: Trump Will Tell Europe To Follow Far-Right Polandâ€™s Lead In â€˜Major Speechâ€™)
The EU is less amused about Trumpâ€™s decision to visit Poland before traditional allies such as the U.K., France and Germany. Poland is one of three countries to face legal action for their refusal to accept EUâ€™s refugee quotas.
Some EU diplomats haveÂ described the visit to be an attempt to further divide western and eastern Europe.
â€œOne cannot but feel a bit suspicious if it isnâ€™t an attempt to break up European unity,â€ an unnamed diplomat told Reuters.
Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of Polandâ€™s ruling Law and Justice party (PiS), said the outcry over Trumpâ€™s trip stems from jealousy.
â€œWe have new success, Trumpâ€™s visit,â€ Kaczynski said Saturday. â€œ(Others) envy it, the British are attacking us because of it.â€
PiS leaders openly backed Trump during his presidential campaign, describing his â€œMake America Great Againâ€ slogan to resonate well with their own agenda in Poland.Â (EXCLUSIVE: Polish Secretary Of State Says Image Of A â€˜Broken State Is â€˜Rubbishâ€™)
â€œI think what heâ€™s trying to say: â€˜Make America great again,â€™ perhaps is because the United States have done so much to help countries around the world, and yet you seem to be hated you know, under-appreciated,â€ Secretary of State Anna Maria Anders said during a June 2016 visit to Washington, D.C. â€œI think he feels where we should be concentrating are on ourselves.â€
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