US President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly said that he will do “his best” to help Poland get back the wreckage of the presidential plane which crashed in western Russia in 2010.
The Gazeta Polska Codziennie daily has reported that Trump told a group of Polish-Americans that: “I’ve heard a lot about the fact that Poles have a problem with the recovery of the wreckage of the presidential plane that crashed in Smolensk. I’ll do my best to help the Polish government in this case.”
“As president, I will undoubtedly deal with this issue. I have heard that for some reason, the Polish government has so far failed to bring the wreckage back to the country. I’ll do my best to help the Polish authorities,” Trump was reported as telling the TVP public broadcaster.
No recording of the comments was available to Radio Poland at the time of writing.
Polish Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz confirmed on Monday that Trump made these comments. “I know this statement of the president-elect. It was very determined, very clear. I think that soon we will be able to hear it, and then I will available to further comment on the comments,” Macierewicz said.
Politicians from the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party have challenged a report under Poland’s previous government which concluded that the crash, which killed 96 people including president Lech Kaczyński, was an accident.