President Donald Trump was interrupted six times during his speech in Poland Thursday by supporters chanting, “Donald Trump! Donald Trump! Donald Trump!”
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The Polish crowd broke out into cheers after Trump praised the values of the Western world.
“Just as Poland could not be broken, I declare today for the world to hear that the West will never, ever be broken. Our values will prevail. Our people will thrive. And our civilization will triumph,” Trump said.
Crowd in Poland chants ‘Donald Trump’ after POTUS declares “The West will never, ever be broken. Our values will prevail.” pic.twitter.com/VWptngFf75
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Trump smiled and thanked the Polish crowd as they chanted his name.
“The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive,” Trump said during his speech. “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?”
Later in his speech, the president urged the Western world to take note of Poland’s resilience in the face of centuries of hardship and oppression, including the Nazi invasion during World War II and the Soviet Union’s communist takeover of the country just after the war.
“So together, let us all fight like the Poles — for family, for freedom, for country and for God,” Trump said.
You can read the transcript of the speech or watch it on video in its entirety here.
Trump praised Poland for being a model NATO ally. Poland is one of the five NATO members that met their obligation to spend at least 2 percent of its gross domestic product on its military.
Trump said Poland serves “as an example for others who seek freedom, and who wish to summon the courage and the will to defend our civilization.”
In his speech, Trump also criticized Russia’s “destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere, and its support for hostile regimes, including Syria and Iran.”
While the cheering crowds were a welcome sight to Trump, it’s possible that they were by design. The Polish government reportedly promised the president he would be greeted by “cheering crowds” as part of his invitation to the country, according to The Associated Press, which cited Polish media reports.
Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party and pro-government activists reportedly bussed in groups of pro-government activists for Trump’s speech.
Source: Western Journalism
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