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Report: Poland Promises Cheering Crowds For Trump Visit

| by Michael Allen
Donald Trump speaking at a 2016 campaign rallyDonald Trump speaking at a 2016 campaign rally

The Polish government has reportedly promised to provide cheering crowds for President Donald Trump's July 5 visit.

The Polish media notes that the country's ruling party and pro-government activists are going to bus in Trump supporters to hear Trump speak, notes The Associated Press.

The White House did not comment on the alleged plans for the staged crowds.

Jeffrey Rathke, deputy director of the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told the news wire: "Poland is, in some ways, a poster child for some of the issues that the Trump administration has been stressing. They’re betting that this relationship with the United States on defense will balance their concerns about the possible directions of U.S.-Russia policy."

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Poland's right-wing government has violated European Union quotas by refusing to accept any relocated refugees; Hungary and Austria have also violated the EU quotas.

The Polish government will reportedly raise the issue of Russia's military aggression in the Ukraine with Trump and highlight how that is a threat to Europe.

The Guardian reported on June 21 that Trump told U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May he would not visit that country if there were large numbers of people protesting his visit.

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An unidentified member of May's administration told the British newspaper that May was surprised by Trump's reluctance to visit the U.K., which was revealed during a phone call.

May reportedly extended the invitation to Trump only seven days after his inauguration. The inauguration in Washington, D.C., was the focus of many protests.

May told the press she extended the invitation on behalf of Queen Elizabeth, who is technically the sovereign leader of U.K., to Trump and was "delighted that the president has accepted that invitation."

The Telegraph reported in June that a possible Trump visit was not mentioned in Queen Elizabeth's state speech, which usually includes planned state visits. This omission by the queen could mean Trump's visit has been delayed for at least two years.

The rift between Trump and the U.K. may have happened when he tweeted disparaging remarks about London Mayor Sadiq Khan following the London Bridge and Borough Market terror attacks.

Jeremy Corbyn‏, who leads the left-wing Labor Party in the U.K., tweeted his joy about Trump not coming on June 11: "Cancellation of President Trump's State Visit is welcome, especially after his attack on London's mayor & withdrawal from #ParisClimateDeal."

The Independent reported in March that Corbyn has a lower poll rating in the U.K. than Trump.

The GfK survey found that Corbyn had a 17 percent approval rating with the British public, while Trump was at 18 percent and May came in at 46 percent.

"Whilst Donald Trump's approval rating among British adults will be the least of the President's worries following his healthcare struggles last week, it will be of great concern to Labor supporters that Jeremy Corbyn's approval rating among Brits is no better," GfK Research Director Keiran Pedley commented at the time.

Sources: The Associated Press, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Jeremy Corbyn/Twitter, Independent / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr (2, 3)

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