WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump arrived Wednesday in Warsaw for a high-stakes trip amid worldwide concern about North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile launch Tuesday and anticipation about his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Trump landed for his four-day trip to Europe where he will meet with leaders of other countries just hours after U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley warned North Korea about U.S. military forces, saying, “We will use them if we must, but we prefer not to.”
While North Korea is overshadowing Trump’s arrival, the most anticipated meeting during his trip to the G-20 Summit beginning Thursday will be with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a formal bilateral session.
The White House said Trump had “no specific agenda” for that meeting, leaving unclear whether Trump will raise the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. election.
Trump will stop first in Warsaw, Poland, to give a speech in Krasinski Square, near the site of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising against the Nazis. He will meet with leaders of Poland and Croatia, then give a joint news conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda.
He also will meet with leaders of a dozen countries located amid the Baltic, Adriatic and Black seas at a summit of the Three Seas Initiative, formed to expand and modernize energy and trade and to make the region less dependent on Russian energy.
Trump then will travel to Hamburg, Germany, for meetings on Thursday and Friday at the G-20 Summit.
At that international meeting, Trump plans to meet privately with China’s President Xi Jinping, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, all key leaders as he seeks to find a diplomatic solution to North Korea’s provocations.
Before he left Washington, Trump hinted that he was disappointed with the role China has played in restraining North Korea’s missile launches and mentioning trade as one of the levers he might use going forward.
“Trade between China and North Korea grew almost 40% in this first quarter. So much for China working with us — but we had to give it a try!” he tweeted Wednesday morning.
That followed his tweet about trade: “The United States made some of the worst Trade Deals in world history. Why should we continue these deals with countries that do not help us?”