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The U.S. president's trip to Poland, a stop on his way to the G-20 summit in Hamburg, was arranged at the last minute: Trump's administration, fearing the reception he would receive in the United Kingdom, decided that Europe's most pro-American country was a much safer destination.No one doubted that Trump would receive a warm welcome in Poland. He did not utter a single negative word about the European Union, Germany, or France.With his performance, Trump managed to draw enthusiasm from across the political spectrum, not just from the PiS-curated crowds, thanks partly to his public greeting of the opposition leader Lech Walesa, who was booed by PiS supporters and remains a constant target of Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Poland's unelected strongman leader. For one thing, while the PiS was certainly pleased with Trump's support for the Poland- and Croatia-led Three Seas Initiative for regional energy cooperation, if the project assumes a confrontational character, it could disrupt Poland's relations with Western Europe.Poland should be wary of this disparity: to the extent that Trump alienates Western Europe, on which Poland's future depends as much it does on the U.S., his friendship will be a serious liability.
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