President Trump Is Strengthening Our
Nation’s Enduring Partnership With Poland
- Today, President Trump welcomes President Duda of Poland back to the White House.
- This visit comes at a critical time, as both the United Sates and Poland are opening our economies after months of battling the coronavirus.
- The United States and Poland share a longstanding strategic relationship firmly rooted in shared values of freedom, the rule of law, and democracy, dating back to the American Revolution.
- President Trump is ensuring that the United States and Poland continue to expand our cooperation across a wide range of issues.
- During the visit, President Trump and President Duda will discuss defense, trade, energy, and telecommunications security.
- Poland has been a stalwart NATO Ally and is a leader within NATO in meeting commitments to contribute 2 percent of GDP to defense, with plans to contribute even more.
- Through a multi-billion dollar defense modernization program, utilizing American military equipment, Poland is further strengthening NATO’s capabilities.
- Poland facilitates critical military training for the United States and our allies and has shown exceptional hospitality and support for American troops deployed in its country.
- President Trump and President Duda have signed two joint declarations to strengthen our military-to-military and security ties.
- The Trump Administration is currently working to secure a Defense Cooperation Agreement that will further increase our militaries cooperation.
- Last year, Poland entered the Visa Waiver Program, marking a historic advancement in the relationship between the United States and Poland.
- Our two nations enjoy strong economic ties, with a growing trade partnership and American investment in Poland at a record high.
- Poland and the United States share a priority of securing telecommunications and the privacy of our personal data.
- Last year, the United States and Poland signed a joint declaration on 5G to lay the groundwork for 5G security, and the United States applauds Poland for using only trusted providers and technology in its 5G build-out.
- The United States and Poland have facilitated several long-term contracts for American liquefied natural gas, helping Poland achieve energy security through diversification.
- Poland stands with the United States in the pursuit of peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
- The United States and Poland are in the process of reaching a bilateral civil nuclear agreement that will enable Poland to decisively move ahead in building large-scale nuclear plants with American technology.
Joint Statement by President Donald J. Trump and President Andrzej Duda
The United States and Poland have a centuries-old friendship and partnership based on shared values and interests, strong people-to-people ties, and mutual respect. Today we reaffirm the values that both our nations hold dear, especially democracy, the rule of law, individual liberties and freedoms, and free, fair, and reciprocal trade.
The COVID-19 pandemic further underscores the importance of these values and the urgency to defend and promote them. The United States and Poland, in concert with other Allies and like-minded partners, will work together to rebuild our economies to be stronger, more resilient, and more closely integrated; protect our critical infrastructure and technology; and diversify our supply chains. We will also join efforts to combat disinformation, especially historical truths relating to WWII.
The United States and Poland were proud to help one another through the COVID-19 pandemic, and we pledge to continue our close cooperation as we work to find therapeutics and vaccines. We also underscore the importance of transparency, information-sharing, and free and functioning international organizations in the prevention of future pandemics.
Recognizing our strategic partnership, the United States and Poland continue to deepen our defense cooperation, including by further implementing the Joint Declarations of June 12, 2019, and September 23, 2019, and developing plans to bolster United States-Poland military ties and United States defense and deterrence capabilities in Poland. We reaffirm our commitment to invest in our defense capabilities and fair burden-sharing to strengthen transatlantic security and cooperation through the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and to ensure the effective deterrence and defense of NATO’s Eastern flank. The United States and Poland continue to work together as Poland modernizes its Armed Forces, including through state-of-the-art United States equipment.
Underscoring that energy security is national security, the United States and Poland are promoting energy diversification, free energy markets, and enhanced cooperation. We are especially pleased to partner on supplying Poland with United States Liquefied Natural Gas and to begin a new chapter of our energy cooperation by partnering to develop Poland’s civil nuclear power sector.
The United States and Poland reiterate our support for the Three Seas Initiative, which will enhance regional energy, transportation, and information connectivity between the Adriatic, Black, and Baltic Seas through transparent, market-based, and fair investments, thereby boosting economic growth and reinforcing democratic values. We are proud to have pledged substantial funding to implement this important initiative and call on others to join us.
Free, fair, and reciprocal trade has enabled our nations and the world to grow prosperous, has powered innovation and development, and has created millions of jobs. We are proud that trade between the United States and Poland has grown by more than 50 percent since 2016 and commit to jointly fight against abusive trade practices. We will also continue to promote increased trade and investment, especially in modern technologies.
Our two nations share a strong belief in privacy and individual freedoms and the importance of securing our telecommunications systems. We therefore reaffirm our Joint Declaration of September 2, 2019, and commit to cooperate in the development of next-generation technology solutions and to use only secure and trusted providers, equipment, and supply chains in our 5G networks. To advance this aim, we will collaborate on promoting innovation for a diverse supply chain of trusted 5G vendors.
Office of the Press Secretary
The White House
HIGHLIGHTS | President Trump Hosts a Press Conference with the President Duda of Poland
OUR ENDURING RELATIONSHIP WITH POLAND
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “This is the third time that we’ve hosted President Duda. The First Lady and I also cherish our remarkable visit to Poland three years ago. That was an amazing event.”
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “In our meeting today, President Duda and I reaffirmed the vital alliance between our nations. Last year we signed two joint declarations to increase our security collaboration and we look forward to signing a defense cooperation agreement.”
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “The American and Polish people enjoy one of the world’s oldest, strongest, and most enduring friendships.”
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Our bond has been forged in battle, sealed in blood, and strengthened by our shared cultural values. The United States and Poland are united by our firm conviction that western civilization is advanced, really and very much advanced. I think, I have to add the cause of human progress beyond measure, and that it must be strongly defended and will at all times be strongly defended.”
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “The American and Polish people have been true friends and trusted partners for almost 250 years. We’re forever united by our shared belief in family, faith, law, liberty, democracy, and justice.”
PRESIDENT TRUMP: ““Last year we signed two joint declarations to increase our security collaboration, and we look forward to signing a defense cooperation agreement.”
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Poland recently purchased 32 brand new, state of the art, F-35 fighter jets, the best in the world.”
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Poland is one of only eight NATO members. The others, some of them haven’t done so well in terms of what they’re supposed to be paying to NATO. … Poland is one of only eight that is current with the money that they are supposed to be paying.”
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “I also applaud Poland and the Polish people for its devotion to safeguarding their country’s borders — very strong borders.”
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Last year, we were able to add Poland to the visa waiver program. And they wanted that very badly, and we gave it to them, because they really deserve it. It’s a testament to Poland’s vigilant efforts to uphold the rule of law.”
INFRASTRUCTURE AND ENERGY PARTNERSHIP
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “The United States and Poland have recently signed several long-term contracts for U.S. liquefied natural gas. They’re a big purchaser of our energy to enhance Poland’s energy security.”
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “We’re working to conclude an agreement that would facilitate Poland’s development of nuclear energy plants.”
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “I want to congratulate Poland for its leadership in the Three Seas Initiative, a crucial energy partnership that will provide a reliable source of energy for Eastern Europe and it will be free from the threat of foreign extortion.”
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Our nations have also collaborated on protecting our critical infrastructure and technology. That’s why we’ve signed a 5G joint declaration and Poland is leading the way in Europe by using trusted providers, and provider equipment, and supply chains for its 5G network.”
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “They’ll be paying for the sending of additional troops and we’ll, probably, be moving them from Germany to Poland. We’re going to be reducing Germany very substantially, down to about 25,000 troops. We actually had 52,000, but we’ll be moving it down to about 25,000. Germany’s paying a very small fraction of what they’re supposed to be paying [to NATO].”
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Germany is paying Russia billions of dollars to purchase energy from Russia and through the pipeline, and I’m saying, what’s that all about? … They’re spending billions of dollars to buy Russian energy, and then we’re supposed to defend them from Russia. So, that doesn’t work too well. But, Poland has been very, very terrific.”
SENATE POLICE REFORM BILL
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “The Senate Republicans want very much to pass a bill on police reform. We have total cooperation with many different communities, including the police community. They want it very much to happen themselves because there are things that they agree to that they would like to agree to, and they would love to have it agreed to formally.”
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “The Democrats don’t want to do it because they want to weaken our police. They want to take away immunity, they want to do other things that you
know about as well as anybody in this beautiful field that we set. They want to take away a lot of the strength from our police and from law enforcement, generally. And we can’t live with that.”
PROTECTING STATUES, BUILDINGS, AND MONUMENTS
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “I think that we’re going to have a very strong executive order, but we already have very strong — we have the monuments act already, which means ten years in jail. But, I think we’re going to consolidate various things. We’re going to come out with a very strong executive order and I should have that by the end of the week.”
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “We’ve arrested numerous people, as you know, for what took place outside of Washington. In addition, the FBI is investigating hundreds of people throughout the country for what they’ve done to monuments, statues, and even buildings.”
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “I think many of the people that are knocking down these statues don’t even have any idea what the statue is, what it means, who it is. When they knocked down Grant — when they want to knock down Grant. But, when they look at certain — now they’re looking at Jesus Christ. They’re looking at George Washington. They’re looking at Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson. Not going to happen.”