President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat warns of potential staff purge at US media agencyJudge denies request to stop Trump rally due to coronavirus concernsFauci on coronavirus infections: ‘We’re still in a first wave’MORE will meet with Polish President Andrzej Duda later this month at the White House, marking the first official visit from a foreign leader in over three months during the coronavirus pandemic.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said that Duda would visit the White House on June 24, a meeting that is expected to touch on cooperation between the United States and Poland on defense, trade and other issues.
The visit comes at a critical time for both the United States and Poland, as we reopen our countries after months of battling the coronavirus pandemic, McEnany said.
As close partners and NATO allies, the United States and Poland continue to expand our cooperation across a wide range of issues. President Trump and President Duda will discuss further advancing our cooperation on defense, as well as trade, energy, and telecommunications security, the press secretary added.
It is possible that Trump could announce an agreement to boost U.S. troop presence in Poland during the meeting later this month. Meanwhile, Trump this week confirmed plans to cut down the number of U.S. troops in Germany, another NATO ally, by about half, claiming the country was delinquent for not meeting spending goals in the alliance.
Duda will be the first foreign leader to meet with Trump since mid-March when he hosted Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar for an Oval Office meeting. The White House was forced to postpone a state visit from the king and queen of Spain scheduled in April due to the novel coronavirus. The administration also planned to host the annual Group of 7 (G-7) summit this month virtually before Trump said he would delay it until at least September.
The White House did not detail specific precautions that would be taken for Dudas visit, though Trump has been tested for the coronavirus daily and those who come in close contact with him have also received tests beforehand. The White House also administers temperature checks to those entering the complex.