As Hurricane Dorian threatened to ravage Florida and other parts of the United States, President Donald Trump cancelled a scheduled visit to Poland in order to monitor the hurricane's developments from the United States.
The President raised eyebrows, however, when footage of him golfing instead of working was released on Monday.
U.S. One of Just Four Nations to Block Endorsement of a Landmark Climate Study at a Global Climate Change Conference, and We Are Not in Good Company
On Saturday, at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland, the United States, along with Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, acted to block the endorsement of the IPCC's recently released landmark climate change report.
The report notes the urgency of Earth's climate crisis, laying out the imminent impact of rising temperatures as well as guiding policymakers on how to offset the impact.
Polish President Took a Picture With Donald Trump in the Oval Office, Regretted It Almost Immediately
President Donald Trump's first stop on his European tour last year was Poland. Now, Polish President Andrzej Duda returned the gesture with a trip to Washington DC.
Things seemingly went well for the two. Duda proposed a permanent US military installation in Poland—named Fort Trump—and Trump vowed to consider the offer for strategic and financial reasons. As with most visits by foreign dignitaries, the official White House photographer took many photos.
The Polish President Just Suggested Setting Up 'Fort Trump' in Poland and Trump's Reaction Has the Internet Divided
The United States is the largest operator of military bases outside their own borders, with 38 "named bases" or permanent installations. After the end of the cold war, locations for United States military bases opened up in once communist controlled countries.
One such country was Poland. NATO opened the Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) in Bydgoszcz, Poland, in 2004. During the Iraq War—when Germany did not join United States forces—the Department of Defense looked at moving some military installations out of Germany and into Poland.