President expected to make common cause with ally
engaged in its own battle for sovereignty, borders
President Donald Trump is set to deliver a speech in Warsaw on Thursday that will boost the anti-globalist ruling government of the eastern European nation — and undercut E.U. critics of the U.S. president.
Last Thursday, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters Trump will use that speech, which will take place in Warsaw’s Krasinski Square, to call on other countries to “take inspiration” from Poland.
Trump will also “praise Polish courage,” as well as the nation’s “emergence as a European power,” McMaster said, “America understands that its interests align with the interests of the Polish people.”
The trip serves both Poland and President Trump well, as Poland seeks to combat E.U. bullying and pressure over the migrant crisis while the White House seeks to combat biased media coverage which asserts the administration is unwelcome and unwanted on the world stage.
Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski may be responsible for the trip, according to the Wall Street Journal.
“Please visit us, your soldiers are already here, you can follow, and you can visit a country which is friendly," Waszcykowksi claims to have told Trump on the sidelines of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Brussels in May.
In response, Trump replied that “Polish-Americans helped him win," Waszczykowski told the Journal on Wednesday. “I said, ‘Well, we can help you once again … if you visit us and cooperate with us.'"
A successful visit to Poland, capped off with a well-received speech would clearly be beneficial the White House. Poland has been one of the few voices in Europe resisting the E.U.'s wholehearted embrace of mass Muslim migration and multiculturalism. Trump's tough rhetoric on immigration and concerns about the dangers of mass Muslim migration poses for Western security will be welcome to many in the conservative, Catholic country.
"The excitement from Poland’s truly pro-American, pro-Trump and anti-immigrant public about the pending visit is real, and they are likely to turn up in greater numbers in Warsaw than Americans did in D.C. on Trump’s inauguration day," wrote Wojciech Przybylski, editor of Polish current affairs magazine Res Publica, in an article published in Foreign Policy Magazine.
The right-wing Gazeta Polska newspaper's front page this week has a photograph of President Trump along with the headline, "Make Poland Great Again." The impending speech was also compared to JFK's Berlin speech in the publication.
“It’s going to be huge — absolutely huge,” Dominik Tarczynski, a member of the Polish parliament and the ruling Law and Justice Party, told the Wall Street Journal. “They just love him, the people in Poland—they just really love him.”
In addition to providing supportive crowds and proof that President Trump is not loathed by the entire world, as the Democrats and their mainstream media allies often assert, the Warsaw speech will also offer Trump an opportunity to reiterate his commitment to NATO.
If the Poles are skeptical of Western Europe's encouragement of mass migration and liberal social policies, they are equally as skeptical if not more concerned about every potentially aggressive move from the Russian government.
But if Trump's Poland trip is good for the White House, it could be even better for Poland's government. The governing Law and Justice Party is under pressure from the E.U. to submit to its migrant resettlement schemes. The nation's leaders have been besieged by a steady stream of attacks from publications like The Economist painting it as anti-democratic and authoritarian.
On Saturday, leader of the Law and Justice Party Jaroslaw Kaczynski referred to Trump's visit as a "new success." Kaczynski also charged that other nations in the E.U. are "envious of it!” In June, Poland's defense minister, Antoni Macierewicz, described the approaching visit as an "enormous event." The visit “is an enormous event showing how much Poland's place in geopolitics and world politics has changed," Macierewicz said.
Should President Trump speak approvingly of Poland's approach to dealing with the Muslim migrant crisis, it could be a vital public relations coup for the Polish government and a serious headache for the European Union. It seems likely he'll do just that. On Wednesday it was reported that Trump advisor Stephen Miller, a main architect of Trump's travel ban, is writing the Warsaw speech.