Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told Fox News host Neil Cavuto on Wednesday that he understood the United States' concerns about alliances like the European Union, and worried that Britain's E.U. exit will hurt his nation's fight for free-market reform.
"The United Kingdom and Poland were actually always advocating for a more free-market-oriented European Union — less protectionism ... less red tape," he said.
Morawiecki also said "the euro is probably the root cause of the two lost decades of Italy, problems in Greece, problems in Spain, so I'm not so sure those countries do not regret" joining the euro market.
Morawiecki expressed a desire to maintain solid relations with the president and said President Trump was "much tougher" on Russia than former President Barack Obama. He still had work to do in disrupting cashflow supporting Russia's weapons, Morawiecki said.
Trump has criticized both the E.U. and NATO for giving the United States what he considers a raw deal on trade and defense spending. While the president's comments provoked criticism from domestic commentators, Morawiecki offered praise. And he criticized Germans for acting as "free riders" with their relatively low contribution to NATO's collective defense.
Though he decried the E.U.'s application of a double standard to nations within the organization, he cautioned against hawkish influences in the administration that sought to dissolve the union. "I think the European Union as a whole is of huge value as an American ally, as an organizer of different matters within Europe," he told Cavuto.
"I wish that the European Union transforms and goes to the better situation in terms of GDP growth, the economic situation," he also said. "But at the same time, we try to be a keystone between the United States and Europe to maintain this alliance vis-a-vis other huge problems, like Russia's aggression or China."