“We will be listening very attentively to the words of the current American President,” wrote Jaroslaw Kurski, the newspaper’s deputy editor-in-chief.
“We expect the United States to confirm the commitments resulting from Article 5 of the Washington Treaty (one for all, all for one) and to provide Poland with guaranties of safety, confirmed by the permanent presence of US troops on our land.
“We expect that Donald Trump’s Presidency will not mean a return to a police of isolationism; in other words, that the United States will not back out of Europe; that they will support the European Union instead of weakening it.”
Trump has previously criticized a number of European allies and the NATO military alliance, of which Poland is a member.
“Poland is the geographic heart of Europe,” Trump said. “But more importantly, in the Polish people we see the soul of Europe.”
American presidents have long been well received in Poland and the country’s conservative government, led by President Andrzej Duda, is more ideologically in line with Trump than his predecessor, Barack Obama.
In the Gazeta Wyborcza article, Kurski praised the US’ longstanding alliance with Poland: “In the dark days of Communism, America’s message to Poland was always: freedom and democracy, the rule of law, and independent media. We have always remembered this message, and always shall.”
“Leaders change,” the article concludes, “but nations and their founding principles endure.”