Donald Trump and Poland's president plot against the EU
President Donald Trump today met Polish President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw and warned that the future of the West is in doubt.
Trump is set to question if the West has the 'will to survive' in a landmark speech in Warsaw later on Thursday.
'The Polish experience reminds us - the defense of the West ultimately rests not only on means but also on the will of its people to prevail,' Trump will say, according to excerpts.
At a press conference following his private talks with Duda, Trump said North Korea would face 'consequences' for its intercontinental ballistic missile test and suggested that Russia interfered with the 2016 election.
Trump's whirlwind visit to Warsaw, which comes just days before he meets Russian President Vladimir Putin, is on the front end of a journey to Germany for Friday and Saturday's G20 summit.
Trump's appearance, coordinated with the Three Seas Initiative's meetings, also put him at odds with the Russian President.
President Donald Trump is set to question if the West has the 'will to survive' in a landmark speech in Warsaw on Thursday
Trump held a joint press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda on Thursday after the pair had private talks
President Donald Trump is greeted by Polish President Andrzej Duda as he visits Poland during the Three Seas Initiative Summit in Warsaw on Thursday
The White House was facing questions about Trump's loyalties in a tense military standoff between Poland and Russia ahead of his first meeting with Putin.
The Three Seas Initiative, a new 12-nation trade and economic bloc, was organized in part to limit Russia's power, especially in ways that diminish its dominance in the region's energy markets.
Poland's ruling party sees itself as a Euroskeptic regime along the lines of last year's Brexit movement in the United Kingdom.
The US president's unapologetic brand of nationalism is seen as its idealized complement, aligning Washington and Warsaw in a push against a Berlin-dominated Europe.
Trump and Duda shook hands at the Royal Castle in front of a white marble bust of Stanislaw August Poniatowski, the last king of Poland. The leaders then retreated to a room decorated with red walls for their private talks.
Asked how he felt about the trip, Trump said 'Great'.
Poland's ruling party sees itself as a Euroskeptic regime along the lines of last year's Brexit movement in the United Kingdom
The US president's unapologetic brand of nationalism is seen as its idealized complement, aligning Washington and Warsaw in a push against a Berlin-dominated Europe
Like the Trump administration, Duda's government is staking its claim on a desire to limit the numbers of refugees it resettles even as European Union leaders press Warsaw to open its borders.
'The Polish government has the same position as Americans – we want strict restrictions on refugees,' legislator Krzysztof Mróz told The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday.
'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,' Trump's speech adds.
At a joint press conference between Trump and Duda, the US president was asked about Russia, North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile test, and his controversial tweet which saw him 'beating up' CNN in a doctored WrestleMania clip.
He called on the global community to ensure there are 'consequences' for Pyongyang's belligerence and warned that he is considering a 'severe' response.
'I call on all nations to confront this global threat and publicly demonstrate to North Korea that there are consequences for their very, very bad behavior,' Trump said.
'I have pretty severe things that we're thinking about,' he said, but added: 'That doesn't mean that we'll do them.'
Busloads of Trump supporters were sent to Warsaw to see Trump speak in Krasinski Square, where a monument stands to a 1944 popular uprising against German occupation.
In every corner of Poland, in fact, citizens were offered free transportation to Warsaw if they wanted to be a part of the Trump show.
They will hear the US president complain about 'the steady creep of government bureaucracy that drains the vitality and wealth of the people.'
Trump and Duda shook hands at the Royal Castle in front of a white marble bust of Stanislaw August Poniatowski, the last king of Poland
The leaders then retreated to a room decorated with red walls for their private talks, where they also posed for photos
Asked how he felt about the trip, Trump, who is on a whirlwind 16-hour trip in Poland said 'Great'
Trump will praise 'the triumph of the Polish spirit over centuries of hardship' in a landmark speech in Warsaw, the White House said Thursday morning.
Poland's courage, according to excerpts from his address, 'gives us all hope for a future in which good conquers evil, and peace achieves victory over war.'
'I am here today not just to visit an old ally, but to hold it up as an example for others who seek freedom and who wish to summon the courage and the will to defend our civilization,' Trump will say.
The words 'courage,' 'will' and 'civilization' were capitalized for emphasis in the snippets the White House sent to reporters.
Trump's script calls for a united stand against 'shared enemies' – a reference to Islamic terrorists – 'to strip them of their territory, their funding, their networks, and any form of ideological support'.
The United States is serious about the security of its ally Poland, Duda said on Wednesday after his meeting with Trump.
'We see ourselves as loyal partners who cooperate on a number of issues, among others on security,' Duda told the joint news conference. 'I have a feeling that the United States is serious about Poland's security.'
Trump has made a point of attacking what adviser Steve Bannon has derided as 'the bureaucratic state,' rolling back regulations that he says are choking free enterprise and dampening the American economy.
'The West became great not because of paperwork and regulations but because people were allowed to chase their dreams and pursue their destinies,' Trump's speech adds.
'Americans, Poles, and the nations of Europe value individual freedom and sovereignty.
Trump will praise 'the triumph of the Polish spirit over centuries of hardship' in a landmark speech in Warsaw, the White House said Thursday morning
The two presidents met at the Royal Castle in Warsaw on Thursday morning head of Trump's landmark speech
Thursday's joint appearance with Duda at Warsaw's royal castle was originally billed as a press conference
Trump, like Poland's President Andrzej Duda, is aligned against the European Union's bureaucracies
'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.'
Trump, like Poland's President Andrzej Duda, is aligned against the European Union's bureaucracies.
Flag-waving Poles lined Trump's motorcade route on Wednesday night, but critics pointed out that the government had paid to bus in thousands from Poland's far-flung provinces.
Duda's government had reportedly promised his American counterpart a hero's welcome as a condition of visiting Poland.
Thursday's joint appearance with Duda at Warsaw's royal castle was originally billed as a press conference.
By Tuesday, however, the White House began describing it in advisories to reporters as a 'press event', raising concerns that Trump wouldn't take reporters' questions.
On Thursday morning the White House confirmed that the press conference would indeed include a Q&A from at least four journalists.
Like the Trump administration, Duda's government is staking its claim on a desire to limit the numbers of refugees it resettles even as European Union leaders press Warsaw to open its borders
rump will speak to the leaders of Three Seas Initiative nations and address the Polish people at Warsaw's Krasinski Square later in the da
The White House later described the meeting as a 'press event', which raised concerns that Trump wouldn't be taking questions from reporters
The pair met between flags of each nation before heading into a discussion about the European Union
Ahead of his Poland meeting, Trump risked facing an awkward question about a domestic tempest that developed this week over a video clip he tweeted on Sunday, depicting himself body-slamming a pro wrestling mogul whose face was superimposed with CNN's logo.
CNN quickly condemned the tweet and assigned a reporter to find out where the viral meme originated.
By Thursday the network was under fire for threatening to reveal the name of a person it said created the video.
But CNN appears to have gotten it wrong, using the wrong version of the doctored footage as the basis for their interview with the unnamed man.
Trump (his motorcade pictured above) will speak to the leaders of Three Seas Initiative nations and address the Polish people at Warsaw's Krasinski Square
Trump's whirlwind visit to Warsaw comes on the front end of a journey to Germany for Friday and Saturday's G20 summit
Trump arrives on a state visit at the Okecie Airport, Warsaw President Donald Trump visit to Poland on Wednesday
Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive on a state visit at the Okecie Airport in Warsaw on Tuesday evening
Also on the trip to Warsaw were Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, and her husband Jared Kushner
Trump's ongoing media war has tended to overshadow talk of his domestic and foreign agendas, a condition he could ill afford as he launched his second diplomacy tour in six weeks.
Duda, too, rolled the dice by allowing American journalists to question his government's clampdown on press freedoms in the last year.
Protester blockaded the Polish parliament in December after the ruling Law and Justice party restricted the number of journalists allowed in the building and limited which TV networks could record proceedings there.
European Council President Donald Tusk quickly invoked the word 'dictatorship' to warn Duda, as his government blamed protesters for staging an 'illegal attempt to seize power.'
Protesters shouted 'Solidarity!' – a throwback to the communist-era movement led by then-dissident trade unionist Lech Wałęsa, who later became president.
Unlike past US presidents, Trump did not meet with him in Poland. Duda's right-wing government has sought to downplay Wałęsa's role in Poland's history.