President Donald Trump will deliver a major speech from Poland’s historic Krasinski Square in Warsaw. The address is expected to begin at 7:15 A.M. EST.
Trump landed in Poland yesterday to begin his trip to the European Union and the G-20 summit. It is the second time Trump has visited the continent since he became president. He received a warm welcome in the country where he participated in a joint press conference with President Andrzej Duda and a number of other official comings and goings.
Excerpts released by the White House suggest Trump is planning a robust speech in Warsaw in defense of U.S. and western values.
JUST IN: Per excerpts from WH, Trump will tell Poles, “The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive.”
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To that end, the president is expected to issue some form of support for Poland’s hard stance against accepting Syrian refugees.
“We must stand united against these shared enemies to strip them of their territory, their funding, their networks, and any form of ideological support. 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.”
In another area, Trump is also expected to warn against the threat of “the steady creep of government bureaucracy” — a message likely to resonate with Trump’s post-Communist audience.
“Finally, on both sides of the Atlantic, our citizens are confronted by yet another danger – one firmly within our control. This danger is invisible to some but familiar to the Poles. The steady creep of government bureaucracy that drains the vitality and wealth of the people,”
“The West became great not because of paperwork and regulations but because people were allowed to chase their dreams and pursue their destinies. Americans, Poles, and the nations of Europe value individual freedom and sovereignty. We must work together to counter forces, whether they come from inside or out, from the South or the East, that threaten over time to undermine these values and to erase the bonds of culture, faith and tradition that make us who we are.”
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