President Donald Trump had a highly-criticized weekend after he backed out of a trip to Poland to stay in the United States and play golf. When he was asked about Poland and the 80th Anniversary of World War II, his weekend took another rough turn.
The president was asked if he has “a message for Poland on the 80th anniversary of the Second World War” and he answered, “I do have a great message for Poland. And we have Mike Pence — our vice president — is just about landing right now. And he is representing me. I look forward to being there soon.”
He added, “But I just want to congratulate Poland. It’s a great country with great people. We also have many Polish people in our country; it could be 8 million. We love our Polish friends. And I will be there soon.”
It was a pretty bizarre statement because it was actually the anniversary of the day that the Nazis invaded Poland, sparking the war.
While Trump offered his congratulations, Vice President Mike Pence was a little more somber during his remarks that he delivered in Poland. He told the crowd, “It is difficult for any of us who are not Poles to fathom the horrors that began here 80 years ago, on this day, the first of September 1939.”
Trump has a good relationship with Polish President Andrzej Duda but the Polish leader wasn’t entirely pleased with Trump’s suggestion that they let Russia back into the G-7. During his appearance with Mike Pence, Duda said, “I believe we must not proceed according to the business-as-usual principle.”
Trump has said that he will reschedule his trip to Poland; it was canceled at the last second after he said that he would stay in the United States as Hurricane Dorian approached the east coast.