Donald Trump Meets with Polish American Congress
For Immediate Release
Polish American Congress, Chicago IL, September 28, 2016 -- Republican Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump met today with representatives of the Polish American Congress (PAC) as well as other leaders of the Polish American community at the office of the Polish National Alliance in Chicago.
The meeting was organized by the Polish American Congress. PAC President Frank Spula welcomed Mr. Trump to the Polish National Alliance headquarters. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani accompanied Mr. Trump.
President Spula addressed issues of importance to Polish Americans and Poland; specifically the critical need for a strong NATO, of which the Republic of Poland has been a member since 1999, as well as Poland’s inclusion into the U.S. Visa Waiver Program. Mr. Trump expressed strong support for both issues, including the support of a missile defense system which’s elements have been located in Poland. Mr. Trump said, “I am all for NATO and in a Trump Administration, we will have a friendly and strong partnership with Poland and Polish Americans.”
Although unfamiliar with the issue of inclusion of Poland into the U.S. Visa Waiver Program, Trump expressed concern that Poland is not a member of the Program. Trump said, "I promise that within weeks of my Administration being sworn into office, I will see to the approval of Poland in the Visa Waiver Program."
Mr. Trump thanked those in attendance for the hospitality afforded him and Mr. Giuliani.
Meeting participants included:
Following the meeting with leaders of the Polish American community, Mr. Trump spoke to nearly two hundred Polish Americans who gathered in the PNA headquarters. Mr. Trump reinforced his fondness and commitment to Poland and Polish Americans.
The meeting was organized by the Office of President Spula, Mr. William Ciosek of the Donald Trump Campaign with the assistance of Anthony Bajdek, Polish American Congress Vice President for American Affairs.
The Polish American Congress has reached out to the Hilary Clinton Campaign for a similar opportunity to meet with Secretary Clinton. As of today, the campaign has not responded to the invitation.
The Polish American Congress does not endorse candidates, but hopes to inform candidates as to the issues facing Poland and Polish Americans.
Contact: Dr. Mark Pienkos, PAC VP for Public Relations; 262-325-8039;
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