(fashion) Donald Trump's absence from an event commemorating the 80th anniversary of the invasion of Poland in WWII is stoking fears that the security alliance between Washington and Warsaw is weaker than the two governments have let on.
The 'America First' president's abrupt decision to stay home and send a stand in to the Sunday event that more than two dozen other leaders are attending sent a tremble through the allied nation that was once occupied by the Soviet Union.
Trump's budding relationship with Vladimir Putin is a source of anxiety in Warsaw, where public sentiment would otherwise lean in the U.S. president's favor.
'It was the situation when United States was kind of protector of this part of Europe and Russia [it] was really comfortable for us. And now we are kind of in dangerous place,' Anna Kozlakiewicz said.
Donald Trump's absence from an event commemorating the 80th anniversary of the invasion of Poland in WWII is stoking fears that the security alliance between Washington and Warsaw is weaker than the two governments have let on
US Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence wave after arriving at Okecie Airport to the ceremony marking 80th anniversary of World War II outbreak in in Warsaw, Poland
Supporters of Trump attend the ceremony marking 80th anniversary of World War II outbreak at the Jozef Pilsudski Square in Warsaw
Trump said last week that he's inclined to welcome Putin to the United States next year in conjunction with the G7 summit that the U.S. will take its turn hosting, rebuffing heads of government from other member nations who said Russia cannot rejoin the alliance until it ends its annexation of Crimea.
Three days later Trump postponed a visit to Poland on the basis that he must remain in the United States to combat a Category 4 hurricane that's expected to hit Florida and other states on America's eastern coast.
In a sudden announcement on Thursday, he said Vice President Mike Pence would represent the U.S. government in Pilsudski Square, where Trump had agreed to deliver history-making remarks on the German and Soviet occupations of Poland.
Kozlakiewicz was one of several young people who told DailyMail.com she was under the impression that Trump would be announcing in Warsaw that the U.S. had approved Poland's participation in the visa waiver program at a bilateral program the day after the commemoration.
She said she was forced to leave the United States while Poland's is evaluated, because it is not financially feasible to live in America without a work visa.
Trump said at a June 12 news conference, standing next to Polish President Andrzej Duda, that a final determination would be made in the next 90 days.
He pointedly told a reporter who asked if he'd make the announcement while he was in Warsaw in September, 'I think it’s a very good idea. Thank you very much for giving me that idea.'
No announcement is anticipated, however, while Pence, National Security Advisor John Bolton and Energy Secretary Rick Perry are in Poland.
A senior official indicated Friday on a call with journalists that Poland has not yet met the stringent requirements for participation.
'We have been making significant progress. Poland has been taking tremendous steps to bring themselves in alignment with our statutory requirements. And so, as soon as Poland meets the statutory requirements, the United Sates looks forward to bringing Poland into the Visa Waiver Program. And that’s all I have,' the Trump aide said.
Trump's claim in June that the visa waiver approval would be coming 'fairly soon, ' as he announced that he would visit, only to cancel his trip at the last minute, also left Natalia Bednarska, a 30-year-old IT specialist, feeling disappointed and disgruntled.
‘Of course we’re upset he’s not coming. What is he going to do over there? Is he going to stop the hurricane from coming?’ she asked.
Bringing up the commemorative ceremony, she asked, ‘How are we supposed to feel about it? Seriously, because this is 80th anniversary, and this is quite a big thing for us for Poles, and he’s supposed to be friend of ours and blah, blah blah.
'And we were thinking that he was actually going to announce that we are in visa program, right, and we will be able to go to America without visa,' she said. 'And now he’s not coming.’