Romney Closes Foreign Trip in Poland

Posted July 30th, 2012 at 9:35 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will wrap up his foreign trip Tuesday with a major speech in Poland aimed at showing that he would be a stronger leader than President Barack Obama.

Romney arrived in Poland's Baltic port city of Gdansk Monday, after stops in Britain and Israel where he made televised remarks on how he would handle foreign affairs during difficult times.

On his first day in Poland he met with Prime Minister Donald Tusk and former president and Solidarity movement leader Lech Walesa.

In Israel earlier Monday, Romney raised more than $1 million at a fundraiser for his campaign. But he offended Palestinians when he called Jerusalem Israel's capital. Palestinians want to make East Jerusalem the capital of their future state.

Earlier in the week, the British news media reacted angrily to Romney's questioning the quality of security at the London Olympic Games.

Romney is to meet with Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski Tuesday before delivering his foreign policy speech.