Remark by President Andrzej Duda at the Polish-American Reception
Distinguished, Mr. President,
wonderful distinguished First Lady of the United States of America,
all distinguished guests,
ladies and gentlemen,
My wife and I are greatly honored and thrilled to be here at the White House for the second time in 10 months. And we would like to thank our wonderful hosts, President Donald Trump and wonderful First Lady Melania Trump.
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Last year, Poland celebrated the 100th anniversary for regaining independence. Millions of Poles, both at home and abroad, perhaps especially here in the United States, honored that hugely important historic fact. Mr President and First Lady, thank you for celebrating this anniversary with myself and my wife last September, here at the White House. We are hugely grateful and honored.
But that’s not the end. This year, Poland and the United States remember another common anniversary: the 100th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations in 1919. And from among all the countries that back then, in 1919, were valuable in the international arena — in the international stage, it was precisely the United States, which was the first great power to recognize the newly restored Polish state.
And I’m happy that we are here today not only to recollect and commemorate those anniversaries, but also to invest in our future relations.
Mr. President, one of your predecessors, the 33rd President of the United States, Harry Truman, once said, “Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still.” And then, he continued, “Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.”
Oto jesteśmy. “Here we are,” Mr. President.
A lot has been accomplished since we met here in September 2018. We have filled the declaration on strategic partnership with political, economic, energy, and security content. In all these areas, our cooperation has been dependent — benefitting both Poland and the United States.
These are not words; these are concrete effects. Our mutual relations have been deepened and strengthened through our reverence to assured values, which are the pillars of the transatlantic community.
I believe that they have evolved toward — they will evolve towards a true friendship between committed and trusted allies.
Distinguished Mr. President, in Poland we know that you are our great friend. And it is right here, at the White House, that — the very heart of the United States — that I would like to take this opportunity and appreciate these relations that you have with the hardworking and loyal Polish-Americans.
I have met thousands of them in different American cities, and I can assure you, Mr. President, that this feeling is mutual.
Dear friends, in two days, America will celebrate the great anniversary. It will be the day of the birth — a new anniversary of the day of the birth of the 45th President of the United States of America, Mr. Donald Trump. Happy birthday, Mr. President! Happy birthday to you. May all your dreams come true, Mr. President.