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FM hopes Poland, CEE will be important to US

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Victoria Bieniek 21.01.2017 06:55
Poland's Foreign Minister has said he hopes that CEE will be important for US foreign policy, after US President Donald Trump was sworn in in Washington on Friday.
US President Donald Trump. Photo: EPA/Justin Lane.US President Donald Trump. Photo: EPA/Justin Lane.

Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said Poland had not been important to previous US presidents.

Waszczykowski said an exception was outgoing President Barack Obama's administration's mid-2016 decision to bolster NATO's eastern flank, which he hopes Trump will maintain.

Waszczykowski also hopes that American troops being dispatched in CEE will draw American businesses to the region, which he called stable, calm and safe.

However, Radio Poland correspondent Michał Żakowski said the new US president may want to change NATO, following election remarks in which Trump said the alliance was “obsolete”.

“We should think about how Trump wants to change NATO,” Żakowski said, pointing out that the president's inaugural speech reiterated election campaign rhetoric.

“I can imagine that he could say, for example, that Russia should join NATO,” Żakowski said.

The correspondent also said that Trump was elected by voters dissatisfied with the political establishment.

“Accusations directed at Washington were such: that the right to bear arms was violated, that religious freedoms were violated,” Żakowski said.

He added: “This was the great voice of people who said: 'You do not respect the constitution and because of that we do not want to see you in power'”.

Foreign affairs expert Jarosław Guzy also referred to Trump's anti-establishment claims.

“Trump is a celebrity who, in terms of public relations, splendidly played the election campaign,” Guzy said, adding: “He struck at voters who were cast away by the establishment”.

“The question remains if he is able to exploit his victory to become a statesman,” Guzy said.

Łukasz Pawłowski, a journalist from Poland's “Kultura Liberalna” (Liberal Culture) weekly, said Trump's presidency remains a “great unknown”.

“We repeatedly hear cocky announcements and big words about big projects, but still we do not have details how they will be financed, how Donald Trump plans to achieve his vision,” Pawłowski said.

Pawłowski indicated that Trump will start his presidency with record low 40-44 percent support. His predecessors had at least 50 percent support at the beginning of their terms.

Pawłowski said this may be both positive and negative. Positive, “because many people have such low expectations and are so afraid of him, that if he does not do anything dramatically bad, they may breathe a sigh of relief and even begin to support him."

But Pawłowski also said “this can be a negative, because society is split and many are unhappy”.

In the United States, some 350,000 people announced they would take to the streets of Washington to protest Trump's inauguration. Nearly 30,000 law enforcement officers, armed with pepper spray, were engaged to ensure the event went ahead smoothly.

According to the PAP news agency, police detained a number of people as between 100 and 150 protesters broke shop windows and damaged cars as they marched through Washington, while women's and civil right's groups also demonstrated against the inauguration.

Trump was on Friday sworn in as the 45th US President after the Republican candidate beat Democrat Hillary Clinton in presidential elections in the US in November. (vb/pk)

Source: PAP, IAR

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