From the AP, via WaPo:
WARSAW, Poland — President Donald Trump opens his two-nation European visit with what he expects to be a short but warm stop in Poland before he encounters what could be a frostier reception and thornier issues at an international summit in Germany. Trump’s sit-down with Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korea’s first launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile threaten to put Trump’s skills as a negotiator to the test.
Polish media reports say the government promised the White House cheering crowds as part of its invitation. Ruling party lawmakers and pro-government activists plan to bus in groups of people for Trump’s speech. The White House didn’t respond to a request for comment on the reports.
With Trump’s sights already set on getting re-elected in 2020, the visit to Poland could also be seen as a power play for battleground states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, home to hundreds of thousands of Polish-American voters.
This won’t be the first time Trump has relied on paid “supporters” to make him look popular. You may remember back in 2015, on the day he announced his candidacy for president, he hired people to cheer and wave signs for him in Trump Tower. Talk about fake news.
According to a Pew Poll last week, only 23% of Poles have confidence in Trump as a World Leader. www.pewglobal.org/…
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