President Trump starts his two-nation European trip by visiting Poland, hoping that he’ll get a warmer reception than what he’s expecting in Germany at an international summit.
The summit is set to have Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to sit down and negotiate the North Korea situation.
On late Wednesday, the US President arrived at Warsaw. He scheduled a keynote speech at Krasinski Square, a site commemorating the 1944 Warsaw Uprising against the Nazi’s. He scheduled talks with Polish and Croatian leaders and he met with the heads of dozen Baltic bordering countries – the Three Seas Initiative – set to modernize energy trade and decrease reliance on Russian energy.
As Trump left the White House on his way to his Euro trip, he was sure that “We’re going to do very well.” When asked about dealing with the rising tensions with North Korea after they successfully launched their first intercontinental ballistic missile.
Trump expressed his frustration against China, as they continue to trade with North Korea, “So much for China working with us – but we had to give it a try!” Trump wrote on twitter.
He’s been seeking help from China to contain North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons programs.
Trump will also be meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Group of 20 Summit in Germany. The summit gathers the leaders of the richest and developing countries in the world.
The meeting with Russian president is a sensitive point for the US as there have been investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 elections in favor of Trump. There are talks that he is not taking a hard-enough stance against Russian policy.
Only about 3 out of 10 respondents in a recent Pew Research Center study, conducted in more than three dozen countries, felt that they were confident that Trump has the ability to do the right thing regarding international affairs.
It seems that Trump may try to gain favor with Poland and its citizens as a way to improve his image in Europe, especially after his post inauguration visit to Europe. As he plans on being re-elected in 2020, doing well in Poland would mean he would do well with Polish-American voters in the US.
Poland however is urging Trump to confront Putin about the increased aggression in Ukraine as it poses a threat to the security of Europe. He’ll need to make some smart choices this week.