President Trump Delivered
Dr. Lucja Swiatkowski Cannon
Polish-Americans for Trump Advisory Board
During the 2016 presidential campaign, the majority of Polish-Americans voted for Donald Trump and they made a significant contribution to his victory, especially in the swing states of Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. We are ready to play an equally active role in securing the President’s reelection in 2020.
Considering our 200 year friendship based on common democratic and republican values, we always considered the United States a great friend of Poland. The 2016 Polish-American Advisory Council provided ideas to the 2016 Trump presidential campaign on issues important to Polish-Americans, such as a strong security relationship with the United States, energy security and the Visa Waiver Program for Poland. Candidate Trump endorsed this agenda. These three promises have been fulfilled by President Trump and became Trump Administration policy.
The most important issue for Polish-Americans is the security relationship with the United States, institutionalized in NATO. President Trump significantly strengthened the eastern flank of NATO, repeatedly praising Poland as an almost ideal member of the Western alliance. A concrete expression of this commitment is the signing of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement on 15 August 2020. It not only increases the presence of American troops and holds out a prospect of more in the future, but also transfers a key military command to Poland for the defense of the region.
The second issue is related to energy security. As a result of historical legacy, Poland and other East European countries are dependent on monopolistic supplies of natural gas from Russia to meet their energy needs. This makes them vulnerable to Russian political blackmail and supply disruptions as well as abusive business practices. That is why they organized the Three Seas Initiative to build up their infrastructure to be able to import energy from outside the region, especially the United States. Earlier this year, Secretary of State Pompeo announced that the US will provide up to $1 billion in financial contribution to expand the pipeline infrastructure among member states.
The efforts of East European states to diversify their energy sources are challenged by the German-Russian partnership to make Germany the hub for distribution of Russian natural gas throughout Europe. This partnership is constructing Nordstream 2 pipeline, which will double the supply of Russian gas to Europe and isolate Eastern Europe, especially Ukraine, making it even more vulnerable to Russian pressure and supply disruptions. In addition, massive supplies of Russian natural gas would make Western Europe also dependent on Russia and possibly preclude American exports of natural gas there. President Trump imposed sanctions on construction and finance companies, participating in this project, to increase the security of Western alliance.
The third issue of importance to Polish-Americans is the accession of Poland to the Visa Waiver Program. Before President Trump took office, Poland was one of only three countries in the European Union whose citizens must get a visa to come to the United States as a tourist or businessman. President Trump successfully resolved this issue. Poland joined the Visa Waiver Program last fall to the satisfaction of Polish-Americans who have friends and relatives who want to visit.
Polish-American relations have historically been represented by Tadeusz Kosciuszko and Casimir Pulaski who were heroes of the fights for independence of both the United States and Poland. But their history is long and varied, especially since the end of World War II, when the United States became a preeminent global power and engaged in a struggle against communism, and to spread democracy and human rights. However, these relations were never as strong as they are under President Trump. Poland became a strategic partner of the United States in assuring security of the Western alliance. This development also creates beneficial conditions for business and investments.
Polish-Americans contributed greatly to this strategic understanding by our strong support of Donald Trump and his policies and we want a further development of this special relationship. President Trump fulfilled important promises to the Polish-American community and we are working to assure his reelection and to build on these successes during the next four years.
POLISH-AMERICANS FOR TRUMP ADVISORY BOARD
Dr. Lucja Swiatkowski Cannon, Co-Chair, New York
William Ciosek, Co-Chair, Alabama
Janice Obuchowski, Co-Chair, Virginia
Dr. Michel S. Pawlowski, Co-Chair, Florida
Edward Baran, Illinois
Jerzy Bogdziewicz, Florida
Carolyn Bonkoski, Pennsylvania
Ted Lachowicz, Nevada
James Lawnicki, New York
Witold Lukaszewski, Texas
Richard Makowski, Florida
Ewa Neterowicz, Wisconsin
Nancy Ordowski, Arizona
Eugene Pasymowski, Pennsylvania
Dean Rusk, New York