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Trump's Speech In Poland Met With Enthusiasm

| by Alex Scarr
The Presidential Palace in PolandThe Presidential Palace in Poland

President Donald Trump spoke about prevailing Western values during a speech to an enthusiastic crowd in Warsaw.

During his speech, Trump emphasized that the West and its values were under attack from extremism, employing similar tactics from his inauguration speech that painted a fairly dire picture of the U.S, according to The New York Times.

"The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive,” Trump said to the crowd at Krasinski Square, where a monument stands to commemorate the 1944 Warsaw Uprising against the Nazis.

"Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost? Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders? Do we have the desire and the courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it?”

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Trump's speech was interrupted by several chants of his own name, as the crowd chanted "Donald Trump" on numerous occasions, according to the Independent Journal Review. The New York Times also reported that many of the attendees had been bussed in from the more conservative countryside, as it was feared Trump would not draw a large crowd while speaking in the more liberal city of Warsaw.

Poland is often viewed as the largest pro-U.S. country in Europe, and the crowd for Trump's speech was large and full of both Polish and American flags. Trump also touched on immigration during his speech, which has also been a flashpoint in Polish politics.

"We must stand united against these shared enemies to strip them of their territory, their funding, their networks and any form of ideological support," Trump said. "While we will always welcome new citizens who share our values and love our people, our borders will always be closed to terrorism and extremism."

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Trump also mentioned his ongoing feud with CNN, the news network that the president has dubbed "fake news" on several occasions.

During his address, Trump was asked about the most recent controversy surrounding his tweet of an edited video that showed Trump tackling a man whose head was replaced with the CNN logo.

"They have been fake news for a long time, and they have been covering me [in a dishonest way]," Trump replied.

Polish President Andrzej Duda, who has had his own experiences with unfavorable news coverage, nodded in agreement.

Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 7.

Sources: The New York Times (2), Independent Journal Review / Photo credit: Dennis Jarvis/Flickr, Stephen Crowley/New York Times (2)

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