FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday July 6, 2017, Poland's President Andrzej Duda, right, and U.S President Donald Trump attend a news conference at Royal Castle, in Warsaw. According to online news reports published Tuesday March 6, 2018, the Polish President Andrzej Duda cannot count on any meetings with either President Donald Trump or Vice President Mike Pence until Poland changes their controversial new Holocaust law. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, FILE)

Polish president rejected call from US Secretary of State
(Associated Press) - March 14, 2018 - 1:45am

WARSAW — Aides to Polish President Andrzej Duda have tacitly confirmed media reports that the president recently refused to accept a call from then-US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

The news reports say Tillerson was calling to discuss with Duda possible US action over a new Polish law banning some statements about the Holocaust. Some days later, Duda endorsed the law.

Asked about the reports yesterday, Duda's top aide, Andrzej Dera, said that "according to diplomacy's rules" an official holding the rank of a minister does not make calls to a president.

Another Duda aide, Pawel Mucha, also would not deny the reports but insisted that Poland-US relations are "strategically close."

Tillerson was fired yesterday by US President Donald Trump.

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