Duda, Trump will discuss security and pandemic in Washington

Photo: AP US President Donald Trump (L) is greeted by Polish President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw on 6 July 2017.

Poland’s President Andrzej Duda will discuss health, security and development with the US President Donald Trump during a visit to Washington on Wednesday, his chief of staff told Polish public radio on Monday. “I can say there will be good news from Washington,” Krzysztof Szczerski said.

Duda will be the first foreign leader to visit the White House since the start of the coronavirus pandemic on a trip just four days ahead of Poland’s presidential election on 28 June.

Security topics would cover energy, the Three Seas Initiative and cybersecurity, while health issues on the agenda concerned how to jointly tackle the coronavirus pandemic, Szczerski said. He added that Duda will also discuss the security concerns of nations in the region.

Last June, Trump agreed to send 1,000 more troops to Poland. Last week, Reuters reported the project was crumbling amid disputes over funding and where to garrison the troops. The report was denied by some Polish government officials and the US envoy to Poland, Georgette Mosbacher.

A week ago Trump said the US would cut its troops in Germany by 9,500, to 25,000. Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki has said he hopes some of them will be moved to Poland.

An ally of Poland’s ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party, Duda has been leading in opinion polls, although some recent surveys have shown he may not win the second round of the vote.

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