His reelection uncertain, Polish president seeks a boost from Trump
“We love Donald Trump, we think he’s a great president, and I do believe he’s going to help us win the election,” said Dominik Tarczynski, a party parliamentarian. “He’s going to help Andrzej Duda win.”
Duda has long been a Trump favorite, praised as “an exemplary ally” who has boosted defense spending and purchased expensive U.S. weapons systems.
While he was once thought a shoo-in for a second term, some polls show Duda could lose to Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowki if the June 28 vote leads to a July runoff. As Duda’s campaign has flagged, he has increased his focus on stirring up anti-LGBTQ sentiment — branding gay and transgender rights as an “ideology” akin to communism — in an effort to galvanize his right-wing base at a time of economic hardship worsened by the coronavirus pandemic.
Emphasizing strong relations with Washington is particularly crucial for Duda, given Poland’s growing isolation within Europe as his government has become increasingly autocratic. The European Union has censured Poland for failing to …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]