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Trump to visit Poland for World War II commemorations

Warsaw, Poland – According to local daily Rzeczpospolita, U.S. President Donald Trump could be planning a two-day visit to Poland at the end of summer, on August 31 and September 1.

Trump’s visit to Poland would coincide with the commemorations, held in the capital Warsaw, to mark the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II.

According to Rzeczpospolita, the details of his visit have already been arranged, although it hasn’t been officially announced and confirmed by the White House or Polish authorities.

Trump was initially supposed to visit Warsaw for one day, but his visit was eventually extended to a two-day stay, according to the Polish daily.

A number of other foreign guests, including many European heads of state and government, are expected to attend the events in Warsaw to commemorate the outbreak of World War II on September 1, 1939.

Poland however didn’t invite any Russian officials to attend the events, sparking the ire of the Kremlin who accused Warsaw of a “warped mentality” and of “ignoring the logic of history in favour of modern realities”, reminding “the country’s decisive contribution to defeating Hitler’s Reich and the liberation of Poland from Nazi invaders”.

If confirmed, this would mark Trump’s second visit to Poland since he took office and the fourth meeting between the U.S. President and his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda. While Duda visited Washington in September 2018 and June this year, Trump was in Poland in July 2017.

During Duda’s last visit, Trump announced, after months of negotiations and speculation, that the U.S. would ramp up its military presence in Poland, a long-standing request from officials in Warsaw.

The Rzeczpospolita daily had previously speculated that Trump could announce this deal during his potential September visit in Poland.

Although Poland has long stood out as one of Washington’s main allies in Europe, high-level meetings between Polish and U.S. officials have intensified in recent months.

Poland’s Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz was in Washington this week to attend a debate, alongside V4 counterparts Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó from Hungary and deputy-FM Aleš Chmelář from the Czech Republic, on relations between the United States and Central Europe, organized by the Atlantic Council.

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