The US president is leaning towards visiting Poland on September 1 to commemorate 80 years since the outbreak of WWII, according to a report by the “Rzeczpospolita” daily.
According to three independent Polish and American sources reached by the newspaper, President Trump is considering inviting Polish President Andrzej Duda to the White House in mid-June to hammer out the final details in developing the US military presence in Poland.
President Duda is currently scheduled to fly out to the US west coast at this time to attend economic meetings. “If both presidents reach a preliminary agreement, the obstacles preventing Trump from announcing a US military initiative on the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of WWII in Warsaw will disappear,” writes the daily.
Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will also travel to the US this week.
The Presidential Palace is, however, reserved in its response. “I can confirm that the invitation for President Trump to visit on September 1 is current. President Duda will visit the US in June, but it is the White House which makes Donald Trump’s schedule available, and it does so with little forewarning,” presidential aide Krzysztof Szczerski told Rzeczpospolita.
According to the daily’s sources, converting Duda and Trump's declarations into legally binding agreements in less than three months will require full mobilization. All the more so because it is about a qualitative change in the role of American forces in Poland.
“The presence of the US president on September 1 would most likely lead to the appearance of most of the invited leaders of the EU, NATO and Eastern Partnership countries, including the presidents of France and Germany and the Prime Minister of Great Britain. This would be a strong signal of solidarity between the Western world and Poland, especially since Vladimir Putin was not invited to the ceremony,” writes the daily.