Polish president Andrzej Duda opened a blockbuster press conference with U.S. President Donald Trump by emphasising the strong, long-standing friendship between their countries and their planned cooperation on international security.President Duda described Poland and the United States as “loyal partners” who would co-operate on “many different areas within the NATO alliance”.
Duda said they discussed the importance of the Polish-American partnership in securing NATO’s eastern flank, his country’s decision to purchase the Patriot missile system, and the situation in Ukraine.
The Polish premier stressed how seriously President Trump takes security, and praised his strong support for Polish-Americans and their historic contributions to the United States.
Immediately after his introduction, President Trump thanked the Polish people for their welcome to their “beloved homeland”, reiterating President’s warm words on the strong relationship between the two nations.
“We’ve never been closer to Poland than we are right now,” he stressed.
President Trump congratulated Poland on its recent election to the United Nations Security Council, and thanked Polish soldiers for their bravery assisting the fight against terrorism.
Unlike many other European nations, which President Trump has not been shy in criticising, Poland has met and intends even to exceed its NATO spending obligations, and Trump made a point of expressing his appreciation.
“It is past time for all countries in the NATO alliance to get going and get up to their obligations, but I can say that Poland has been right there,” he said, noting that money has been “pouring in” since he adopted a robust posture at the G20.