Trump Greeted in Poland by Paid-For Crowd and Apparent Confederate Flag

| JUL 6, 2017 | 2:32 PM

The first leg of Donald Trump's second foreign trip takes him to Poland, a country with an ideologically friendly government, so much so that they reportedly arranged for cheering throngs to be bussed into Warsaw for Trump's speech on Thursday.

The Associated Press reports that the Polish government promised Trump adoring throngs as part of their invitation, and according to Polish media, those throngs are being bussed in on the ruling party's dime:

PiS members of parliament are reportedly allowed to invite up to 50 people to Trump’s speech, which will be held on July 6 in Warsaw, before he attends a summit of central and eastern European nations and then a G20 meeting in Germany. The party members were promised that the party or affiliated foundations would pay for buses from their districts to the capital. Unnamed PiS politicians tell Polish media that if the mobilization is successful, they could bring in 10,000 or 15,000 people to the event.

Among that adoring crowd, however, was at least one person who waved what appeared to be a Confederate flag:

Screenshot/CNN

That image is taken from a CNN camera's shot of the crowd in Warsaw before Trump's speech, and pretty clearly shows what appears to be a Confederate flag. The flag of Novorossiya bears a strong resemblance to the Confederate flag, but does not feature stars.

To be fair, though, this is probably a coincidence, the kind that keeps happening to Trump.

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