Polish President Diplomatically
Non-Committal On US Election Clash
President Andrzej Duda has responded to the violent siege of America’s Capitol Hill by praising US democracy. “The events in Washington are an internal matter of the United States which is a democratic and law-abiding state. Power depends on the will of voters and the security of the state and its citizens is safeguarded by services established for that purpose,” Duda said on Twitter. “Poland believes in the strength of American democracy,” he added. He made the remarks after Trump supporters had overturned barricades, clashed with police and stormed the buildings of Congress where lawmakers were meeting to certify Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump. The protesters had hoped to prevent Biden’s certification, alleging that he had won by fraudulent means. Although Duda has had a strong personal relationship with Trump, his noncommittal response apparently reflected the conviction that Poland must come to terms with whoever happens to occupy the Oval Office.
By Robert Strybel