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    Global Attention Turns to Duda-Trump Summit in New York

    In a scene set against the backdrop of bustling New York City, a notable meeting took place this Wednesday that drew significant global media coverage. Polish President Andrzej Duda and former U.S. President Donald Trump, a prominent figure in Republican politics eyeing a return to power, shared a table for over two hours at the iconic Trump Tower. This meeting, coming amidst Trump’s evident aspirations for a return to the Oval Office, was not just a routine diplomatic engagement but a potential preview of future international alignments.

    As the “New York Times” insightfully observed, the engagement between Duda and Trump is a clear indicator that world leaders are keenly watching U.S. political trends, speculating on Trump’s potential return. This sentiment is echoed by other major outlets in the U.S. and Europe, underlining the strategic implications of such high-level interactions.

    President Duda’s agenda in the U.S. was packed, featuring meetings with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and various heads of UN agencies, and participation in the UN General Assembly. However, his itinerary extended beyond the U.S., with engagements in Canada where he addressed the “Transatlantic Security in the Shadow of Russia’s Long War” seminar and engaged with local authorities and the Polish community in British Columbia. A forthcoming meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau further underscores the breadth of Duda’s diplomatic outreach.

    Back in New York, the interaction between Duda and Trump has stirred a mix of criticism and support. In Poland, the ruling coalition faced backlash from its opposition for engaging with Trump, signaling domestic political tensions over foreign policy directions. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, European media and political figures grapple with the potential implications of Trump’s re-election on U.S. support for Ukraine and broader NATO commitments.

    The meeting has ignited discussions on several fronts. The “New York Times” highlighted how European leaders, particularly those from countries feeling the heat of Russian aggression, are adapting their strategies. They seem to be strengthening ties with Trump’s circle, anticipating shifts in U.S. foreign policy that could see a diminished focus on Ukraine in favor of countering China and Iran, as indicated by Lithuanian policymakers.

    “The Hill” noted that global leaders are attempting to decipher Trump’s political maneuvers and his future plans should he return to power. This perspective was reinforced by Brian Hughes from Trump’s campaign, who emphasized Trump’s record of bolstering national and allied security.

    CNN highlighted defense spending as a key topic during the Duda-Trump dialogue, reminding readers of Trump’s insistence on NATO members fulfilling their financial obligations towards collective defense—an issue that resonates with Duda’s proposals to increase defense spending to 3% of GDP.

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