Trump lands in Poland and marks distance with Putin
After arriving in Poland yesterday, the US president has taken advantage of his short visit to make statements that set the tone on his second international tour.
The visit of the US president is perceived as a gesture of conciliation and reinforcement of his alliance with Poland, but could also be a way of distancing himself from the Russian investigation that pursues him at home, considering the current disagreements between Warsaw and Moscow are acute.
“We are working with Poland in response to Russia’s actions and destabilizing behavior. And we are grateful for the example Poland has set … by being one of the few nations that actually meets its (NATO’s) financial obligations", Trump said, referring to the tension between the two countries, specially after Poland promulgated a law that foresees demolishing the Soviet monuments.
During his first trip as US president, Trump was at the epicenter of accusations of a possible coalition with Moscow to interfere in the 2016 elections, which undermined his cabinet of advisors.
This time, the president has made efforts to make himself feel tougher and more convincing about his distance from a possible Russiagate.
“I’ve said it very simply. I think it could very well have been Russia. I think it could well have been other countries. I won’t be specific. But I think a lot of people interfere,” president Trump said during a press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda.
"(Barack Obama) was told in early August that Russia was trying to get involved with enough force (in the presidential campaign). He did nothing about it and that's because he thought Hillary was going to win, "Trump said, trying to make it clear that the matter with Russia preceded him.
On the other hand, for Poland the visit of the American president is recognition of its presence in European geopolitics, especially after its discrepancies with Brussels. The "ultraconservative, eurosceptic, nationalist and xenophobic" positions of the Polish government of Law and Justice are perceived as simultaneous with the statements of the American president, especially in the European press.
According to reports in the Spanish newspaper El País, Trump's visit is a "foreign policy achievement" for Poland, "and they have sold it for weeks, trying to prove that the country is not as isolated as it seems."
With the same temperament, the American president took advantage of his brief 16-hour visit to whip North Korea and even put up a threat: I call on all nations to confront this global threat and publicly demonstrate to North Korea that there are consequences for their very, very bad behavior," he said, echoing the proposal announced yesterday by the US government to institute new sanctions from the UN against Pyongyang.
For European media such as Le Monde newspaper, Mr Trump's second visit to Europe "is supposed to remedy" the bad taste left by his first trip during the month of May.