International politics and war are not about settling accounts with a bailiff – said Agnieszka Pomaska, an MP from the Civic Coalition, on TVN24. The guests of “Kawa na Ława” commented on Saturday’s statement by former US President Donald Trump. According to Krzysztof Bosak, deputy speaker of the Sejm, one of the leaders of the Confederation, “politicians from other American options say the same thing in a softer version.” According to Małgorzata Paprocka from the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland, the statement is not addressed to Poland.
Former US President Donald Trump said he would “encourage” Russia to “do whatever it likes” with NATO countriesthat “don’t pay”, i.e. spend less than 2 percent of GDP on defense. “I wouldn’t defend such a country,” Trump declared. The White House criticized this statement.
The guests of “Kawa na Ława” commented on this statement.
Pomaska: international politics and war are not about settling accounts with a bailiff
As Agnieszka Pomaska, an MP from the Civic Coalition, said, “international politics and war are not about settling accounts with a bailiff, because that’s how Trump presented it.”
– These are very disturbing words, because in a situation where… Ukraine is fighting for survival, we hope for victory, there can be no “but”, no question mark whether we should help Ukraine and its allies, she emphasized. – Ukraine needs support, money, ammunition and weapons. We must absolutely support Ukraine in this, because this is Poland’s raison d’état, added the KO politician.
She emphasized that Trump’s words “are simply very, very dangerous.” – And I think this is also a warning to all politicians, including politicians in Poland who fraternize with Mr. Trump – said Pomaska.
Biejat: Trump has long been showing that he is impressed by Putin
The deputy speaker of the Senate, Magdalena Biejat, co-chair of Lewica Razem, spoke in a similar tone. – Trump’s words are, of course, outrageous and disturbing, but they should not be a surprise to anyone, because he has been showing that for a long time Vladimir Putin he’s impressed, she said.
As she continued, “Trump also does not understand why America should support Europe, does not understand what the interest in stopping Russia is and is not interested in Europe at all.” – And now the real threat is that Donald Trump will return to the White House after elections in United States. And what should we do about it, because I think this is the most important question. Yes, NATO is currently our important ally and we should invest as much as possible in this relationship, but to protect us against such events in the United States, we also need to invest in the common defense of the European Union, Biejat emphasized.
Paprocka: this statement is not addressed to Poland
According to Małgorzata Paprocka from the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland, “Donald Trump is, above all, a very tough politician, but previously he was a very tough businessman.” – What is important in the context of this statement is that it is not addressed to Poland, because we fulfill our allied obligations within NATO in terms of spending on the army – she emphasized.
– And yet the policy of recent years, including the president’s policy, has emphasized that we should be largely self-sufficient, also in this military field. Of course United States they are a key ally for us. Of course, the presence of both the European Union and NATO is a key issue. However, we cannot ignore the fact that this statement was made during an election rally and was addressed to American voters, i.e. American taxpayers. And it is a kind of showing the situation in this horizon – said Paprocka.
Petru: the richer we are, the more we will be able to defend ourselves
Polish 2050 MP Ryszard Petru expressed the assumption that “there was no such conversation between Trump and someone else.” – An invented conversation for the rally. Indeed, this is internal communication, but we are commenting on it today in Poland – he emphasized.
– What conclusions should be drawn from this? Poland must be rich, because the percentage of GDP is calculated from GDP. The percentage from one billion is different from the percentage from two billion. The richer we are, the more we will be able to defend ourselves, he noted.
– Poland, let’s be honest, cannot defend itself against Russia. He must have very strong alliances. And here I agree with the Left, we must also rely on a European army. We have to assume a variant of the scenario when Mr. Trump is here President of the United Statesand he puts into practice what he says – added Petru.
Bosak: Politicians from other American political parties say the same thing in a softer version
At the same time, he said that “what Trump said is also what American diplomacy has been saying for many years.” – He says to Europeans, especially since the war broke out after Russia’s attack on Ukraine: get to work, either you will get your act together, or we will not be your kindergarten teacher forever – he commented.
– Unfortunately, this is what it looks like. European countries disarmed, everyone relied on the American nuclear umbrella, and now suddenly sobering up, there are no ammunition factories, no tanks, no planes, nothing. And politicians from other American parties say the same thing in a softer version, he added.
Szczucki: unfortunate statement
Law and Justice MP Krzysztof Szczucki said that “it was indeed an unfortunate statement by Donald Trump.”
– At the same time, I would like to remind you that Donald Trump was already president and there was initially talk of his being somewhat pro-Russian, and while he was in office, numerous articles and analyzes appeared in the media that he was spoiling and destroying relations between the United States and Russia, especially compared to his presidency. Barack Obama and the then elites of the Democratic Party who were delighted with Russia, he commented.
– Let us remember that the Western world was convinced that Russia was completely different than it was before. Only the war with Ukraine showed the world that we as Poles, especially our political camp, were right in perceiving Russia and its role in the world, he added.
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