Trump Faces Warm Polish Welcome From Europe’s Eastern Nations

U.S. President Donald Trump can expect a friendlier reception in Warsaw this week than he would in western Europe, where he has fallen out with the leaders of France and Germany.


While Trump is at odds with many of his counterparts from the European Union over issues ranging from free trade to the environment, his visit to the Polish capital on July 5-6 is set to focus on a topic many in the bloc's east agree on—the need for U.S. security guarantees. Trump will be hosted by Polish President Andrzej Duda and meet participants of the so-called Three Seas Initiative, a club of east European nations stretched between the Baltic, Black and Adriatic Seas.



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Amount of trade with the U.S. in 2016




Imports from the U.S.




Exports to the U.S.




Estonia


$1B ||| $0.2B




Latvia


$0.3B ||| $0.1B




Germany


$114.2B ||| $48.2B




Lithuania


$1.2B ||| $0.4B




Poland


$6.0B ||| $3.9B




Czech Republic


$4.4B ||| $2.1B




France


$46.8B ||| $32.9B




Slovakia


$2.5B ||| $0.4B




Romania


$2.0B ||| $0.7B




Hungary


$5.3B ||| $1.8B




Slovenia


$0.8B ||| $0.4B




Croatia


$0.5B ||| $0.2B




Bulgaria


$0.6B ||| $0.2B




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Amount of trade with the U.S. in 2016




Imports from the U.S.




Exports to the U.S.




Estonia


$1B ||| $0.2B




Latvia


$0.3B ||| $0.1B




Germany


$114.2B ||| $48.2B




Lithuania


$1.2B ||| $0.4B




Poland


$6.0B ||| $3.9B




Czech Republic


$4.4B ||| $2.1B




France


$46.8B ||| $32.9B




Slovakia


$2.5B ||| $0.4B




Romania


$2.0B ||| $0.7B




Hungary


$5.3B ||| $1.8B




Slovenia


$0.8B ||| $0.4B




Croatia


$0.5B ||| $0.2B




Bulgaria


$0.6B ||| $0.2B




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Amount of trade with the U.S. in 2016




Imports from the U.S.




Exports to the U.S.




Estonia


$1B ||| $0.2B




Latvia


$0.3B ||| $0.1B




Germany


$114.2B ||| $48.2B




Lithuania


$1.2B ||| $0.4B




Poland


$6.0B ||| $3.9B




Czech Republic


$4.4B ||| $2.1B




France


$46.8B ||| $32.9B




Slovakia


$2.5B ||| $0.4B




Romania


$2.0B ||| $0.7B




Slovenia


$0.8B ||| $0.4B




Hungary


$5.3B ||| $1.8B




Croatia


$0.5B ||| $0.2B




Bulgaria


$0.6B ||| $0.2B




image

Amount of trade with the U.S. in 2016




Imports from the U.S.




Exports to the U.S.




Estonia


$1B ||| $0.2B




Latvia


$0.3B ||| $0.1B




Germany


$114.2B ||| $48.2B




Lithuania


$1.2B ||| $0.4B




Poland


$6.0B ||| $3.9B




Czech Republic


$4.4B ||| $2.1B




France


$46.8B ||| $32.9B




Slovakia


$2.5B ||| $0.4B




Romania


$2.0B ||| $0.7B




Slovenia


$0.8B ||| $0.4B




Hungary


$5.3B ||| $1.8B




Croatia


$0.5B ||| $0.2B




Bulgaria


$0.6B ||| $0.2B





Unlike the U.S. head of state and French President Emmanuel Macron, Trump's counterparts from eastern Europe mainly have ceremonial roles as the lion's share of power in the region's parliamentary democracies lies with lawmakers and governments picked by the legislators.


Gauging European leaders' feelings on Trump


From largest to smallest GDP




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“The times when we could fully rely on others are to some extent over­—I experienced that in the last few days. We Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands.”


— Munich rally on May 28, 2017




“To all scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, responsible citizens who were disappointed by the decision of the president of the United States, I want to say that they will find in France a second homeland.”



— Speaking about Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. June 1, 2017




Angela Merkel


Germany




Emmanuel Macron


France




GDP


Population


U.S. imports


U.S. exports




$3,466.8b


80.7m


$48.2b


$114.2b




GDP


Population


U.S. imports


U.S. exports




$2,465.5b


66.8m


$32.9b


$46.8b




“Trump's visit during the Three Seas Summit raises the prestige of Poland. Above all, my perception is that President Donald Trump appreciates the value of cooperation in Eastern Europe.”


— June 18




Trump deserves the benefit of the doubt, and it is important to remember there are at least two parties to every relationship.”



“I am very glad that due to your strong leadership NATO decided to go against terrorism. Your involvement made so many nations conscious of the fact that we have to share the burden inside NATO.”


— June 9




“It's disrespectful of and irresponsible to future generations.''



— Speaking about Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. June 6, 2017




— Representing his country at the Warsaw summit. Feb. 5




Klaus Iohannis


Romania




Andrzej Duda


Poland




Jan Hamacek


Czech Republic




Janos Ader


Hungary




GDP


Population


U.S. imports


U.S. exports




$469.5b


38.5m


$3.9b


$6.0b




GDP


Population


U.S. imports


U.S. exports




$192.9b


10.6m


$2.1b


$4.4b




GDP


Population


U.S. imports


U.S. exports




$124.3b


9.9m


$1.8b


$5.3b




GDP


Population


U.S. imports


U.S. exports




$186.7b


21.6m


$0.7b


$2.0b




“We are communicating with the U.S. mainly on Twitter.”


— Feb. 3




“A sad day for our planet. The effort to address climate change is not a question of political opinion, but basic responsibility.”



“This is a president who thinks about the future. He doesn't comply with political bias and seeks pragmatic solutions. I hope he will restore the dialogue and trust with Russia, which is very important for the peaceful coexistence in the world and especially in Europe.”


— Jan. 12




Trump was ''relaxed, friendly and even a little jovial.''

“We discussed the situation in southeast Europe and I underlined the importance of U.S. involvement in the region.”


— May 25




— Speaking about Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. June 1, 2017




Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic


Croatia




Dalia Grybauskaite


Lithuania




Rumen Radev


Bulgaria




Andrej Kiska


Slovakia




GDP


Population


U.S. imports


U.S. exports




$50.4b


4.3m


$208m


$510m




GDP


Population


U.S. imports


U.S. exports




$42.7b


2.9m


$0.4b


$1.2b




GDP


Population


U.S. imports


U.S. exports




$89.6b


5.5m


$0.4b


$2.5b




GDP


Population


U.S. imports


U.S. exports




$52.4b


7.1m


$0.2b


$0.6b




“I am really curious how it will feel to meet President Trump in person in Warsaw.”


— June 19




“Trump repeatedly said the obligations that the U.S. committed to will be fulfilled. There is no reason to doubt that.”


— May 31




“I refuse to say that Donald Trump becoming U.S. president is necessarily an added risk. The U.S. has a long-term tradition of conducting value-based policies. I still don’t believe this will change in any way.”


— Jan. 16




Raimonds Vejonis


Latvia




Kersti Kaljulaid


Estonia




Borut Pahor


Slovenia




GDP


Population


U.S. imports


U.S. exports




$27.7b


2.0m


$114m


$338m




GDP


Population


U.S. imports


U.S. exports




$23.1b


1.3m


$0.2b


$1.0b




GDP


Population


U.S. imports


U.S. exports




$44.0b


2.0m


$0.4b


$0.8b






image

“The times when we could fully rely on others are to some extent over­—I experienced that in the last few days. We Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands.”


— Munich rally on May 28, 2017




“To all scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, responsible citizens who were disappointed by the decision of the president of the United States, I want to say that they will find in France a second homeland.”




— Speaking about Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. June 1, 2017




Angela Merkel


Germany




Emmanuel Macron


France




GDP


Population


U.S. imports


U.S. exports




$3,466.8b


80.7m


$48.2b


$114.2b




GDP


Population


U.S. imports


U.S. exports




$2,465.5b


66.8m


$32.9b


$46.8b




“Trump's visit during the Three Seas Summit raises the prestige of Poland. Above all, my perception is that President Donald Trump appreciates the value of cooperation in Eastern Europe.”


— June 18




Trump deserves the benefit of the doubt, and it is important to remember there are at least two parties to every relationship.”



“I am very glad that due to your strong leadership NATO decided to go against terrorism. Your involvement made so many nations conscious of the fact that we have to share the burden inside NATO.”


— June 9




— Representing his country at the Warsaw summit. Feb. 5




Klaus Iohannis


Romania




Andrzej Duda


Poland




Jan Hamacek


Czech Republic




GDP


Population


U.S. imports


U.S. exports




$469.5b


38.5m


$3.9b


$6.0b




GDP


Population


U.S. imports


U.S. exports




$192.9b


10.6m


$2.1b


$4.4b




GDP


Population


U.S. imports


U.S. exports




$186.7b


21.6m


$0.7b


$2.0b




“This is a president who thinks about the future. He doesn't comply with political bias and seeks pragmatic solutions. I hope he will restore the dialogue and trust with Russia, which is very important for the peaceful coexistence in the world and especially in Europe.”


— Jan. 12




“It's disrespectful of and irresponsible to future generations.''



“A sad day for our planet. The effort to address climate change is not a question of political opinion, but basic responsibility.”



— Speaking about Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. June 6, 2017




— Speaking about Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. June 1, 2017




Rumen Radev


Bulgaria




Janos Ader


Hungary




Andrej Kiska


Slovakia




GDP


Population


U.S. imports


U.S. exports




$124.3b


9.9m


$1.8b


$5.3b




GDP


Population


U.S. imports


U.S. exports




$89.6b


5.5m


$0.4b


$2.5b




GDP


Population


U.S. imports


U.S. exports




$52.4b


7.1m


$0.2b


$0.6b




Trump was ''relaxed, friendly and even a little jovial... We discussed the situation in southeast Europe and I underlined the importance of U.S. involvement in the region.”


— May 25




“We are communicating with the U.S. mainly on Twitter.”


— Feb. 3




“I am really curious how it will feel to meet President Trump in person in Warsaw.”


— June 19




Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic


Croatia




Dalia Grybauskaite


Lithuania




Borut Pahor


Slovenia




GDP


Population


U.S. imports


U.S. exports




$50.4b


4.3m


$208m


$510m




GDP


Population


U.S. imports


U.S. exports




$42.7b


2.9m


$0.4b


$1.2b




GDP


Population


U.S. imports


U.S. exports




$44.0b


2.0m


$0.4b


$0.8b




“Trump repeatedly said the obligations that the U.S. committed to will be fulfilled. There is no reason to doubt that.”


— May 31




“I refuse to say that Donald Trump becoming U.S. president is necessarily an added risk. The U.S. has a long-term tradition of conducting value-based policies. I still don’t believe this will change in any way.”


— Jan. 16




Raimonds Vejonis


Latvia




Kersti Kaljulaid


Estonia




GDP


Population


U.S. imports


U.S. exports




$27.7b


2.0m


$114m


$338m




GDP


Population


U.S. imports


U.S. exports




$23.1b


1.3m


$0.2b


$1.0b






image

“The times when we could fully rely on others are to some extent over­—I experienced that in the last few days. We Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands.”


— Munich rally on May 28, 2017




Angela Merkel


Germany




GDP


Population


U.S. imports


U.S. exports




$3,466.8b


80.7m


$48.2b


$114.2b




“To all scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, responsible citizens who were disappointed by the decision of the president of the United States, I want to say that they will find in France a second homeland.”



Emmanue