WARSAW, Poland – Jacek Szemplinski, like many of his countrymen, has a soft spot in his heart for Americans. He sees them as straight-talkers and practical people who use simple words to express big ideas.

But the Polish businessman has a more complicated view of President Donald Trump, who he regards as “a strong man” and “a fighter” but who he also fears is playing a dangerous game by waging a trade war with China.

“I have doubts about him,” Szemplinski said, pausing during a stroll through a downtown park in the Polish capital Saturday morning.

For Polish people who already harbored suspicions of the American president, Trump further fueled their skepticism when he announced abruptly Thursday that he was canceling a two-day trip to Poland so he could remain in the United States and monitor Hurricane Dorian, which is barreling toward the East Coast.

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