Polish president meets privately with Trump in New York


  • World
  • Thursday, 18 Apr 2024

Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. President Donald Trump greets Polish President Andrzej Duda at Trump Tower in New York, U.S., April 17, 2024. REUTERS/David 'Dee' Delgado

WARSAW (Reuters) -Polish President Andrzej Duda said he met privately with former U.S. President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during his visit to New York on Wednesday.

The Trump campaign described the two men as "great friends" said in readout of the meeting that they discussed a proposal by Duda that NATO countries spend a minimum of 3% of their GDP on defense.

Duda, whose term in office expires in 2025, was one of Trump's preferred international partners during his presidency.

"I was invited by Donald Trump to his private apartment, so to speak... this is simply a private meeting in connection with my presence here in New York," Duda told reporters in New York.

Trump, who is on trial in New York over accusations that he covered up a "hush money" payment to pornographic actress Stormy Daniels, is in a tight race against President Joe Biden, a Democrat, ahead of the November presidential election.

Many European leaders have long been nervous that another Trump presidency would mean waning U.S. support for Poland's neighbor Ukraine and the NATO military alliance.

"President Trump fondly recalled his landmark trip to Poland in 2017 and praised the Polish people for steadfast defense of their sovereignty and to their commitment to the security of Europe’s borders from any and all threats," the Trump campaign said in the readout.

(Reporting by Alan Charlish and Karol Badohal; additional reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Gerry Doyle)

Follow us on our official WhatsApp channel for breaking news alerts and key updates!
   

Next In World

Xi's special representative attends memorial service for Iran's late president
Ecuador's Noboa declares new security state of emergency
Macron arrives in riot-hit New Caledonia for high-stakes talks
DRC parliament elects speaker in delayed vote days after foiled coup
Roundup: World's leading licensing trade show convenes amid growth in global licensing industry
U.S. stocks close lower
Zelenskiy says Ukraine needs system to defend against Russia's guided bombs
Finland plan to allow blocking asylum seekers at border draws mixed response
Hundreds evacuated due to concerning quakes in Italy
Six categories drive global licensing industry

Others Also Read