Mr Trump last week pledged in a speech to make the USA a "dominant" exporter of energy, creating jobs at home and "true energy security to our friends, partners, and allies all across the globe".
Nixon became the first USA president to visit Poland when he traveled to Warsaw in 1972.
"The big question is whether he will fix some of the damage from the stops in Europe in May, or will they be compounded?" said Jeff Rathke, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. Within Poland, support for Trump tends to break down along urban-countryside lines, with less enthusiasm for his policies and rough-edged political style in cosmopolitan Warsaw.
Air Force One touched down at the Warsaw Chopin Airport just after 10 p.m. Wednesday.
The Law and Justice Party of Poland has also removed "independent oversight of the secret services" and put in a stalwart member of their own party to act as chief prosecutor.
Merkel is predicting "very difficult" talks with Trump once again, in just his second visit to Europe.
Still, it would be naive for Poland to trust Trump. His arrival there is expected to spark potentially violent protests.
In a recent Pew Global Attitudes study, Trump's ratings in Poland and neighboring Hungary were higher than in most of the rest of Europe, but still low in terms of his leadership qualities.
Trump is already responding to Warsaw's fawning. Trump's administration has castigated her country's trade surplus, to be met largely by German scoffing.
For the White House, the sight of flag-waving Polish acolytes could ease the perception that Trump's ability to travel has been curbed by the prospect of mass demonstrations. Trump tweeted indignantly on Wednesday.
Poland's affinity for the United States is rooted in Reagan's actions to counter the USSR and truly blossomed when his successor, George H.W. Bush, helped orchestrate a soft landing for the country as it left the Soviet bloc.
Trump is scheduled to hold talks with China's President Xi Jinping while in Germany for the G20 summit later this week. His first stop in Poland will be, for him, likely a friendly one. "The threat that Russian Federation poses can not be overstated", said Polish Ambassador to the US Piotr Wilczek. American presidents have previously found that exploiting European divisions is useful for the United States, precisely because it undermines Europe's collective interests. Within a month of taking power in late 2015, Law and Justice lawmakers pushed through legislation to allow parliament to appoint the management of the public TV and radio broadcasters-in order to halt criticism of the government.
Polish society may generally be more conservative and sceptical towards Muslim migrants than western European nations, but the majority of Poles are by no means fans of Trump's crass and clueless style of leadership.
The US president is expected to bang the drum for US trade, telling the gathering that American gas imports could reduce their reliance on Russian energy.
The closing paragraph of the WSJ article provides the perspective of the White House on this important visit ... Instead, they said the civil war in Syria and the crisis in Ukraine would top the agenda.
Poles, on the other hand, can expect only praise from Trump on their defense expenditures.
He will also set out his vision for America's future relationship with Europe.
"The withdrawal from the Paris agreement does mean that there will be a coalition, which is there, quite committed, but doesn't include the U.S., " said Amar Bhattacharya, a senior fellow for global economy and development at the Brookings Institution in Washington.
For some in Western Europe, there is concern that Trump is helping reignite a bitter debate - the divide between "Old Europe" and "New Europe" - that came to the forefront during the George W. Bush administration, Brattberg said.