BY BBC NEWS/KORIR JUMA,6TH JULY 2017-US President Donald Trump is to argue that the future of Western civilisation is at stake in a keynote speech in the Polish capital Warsaw.
Holding up Poland as an example of a country ready to defend Western freedoms, he will warn against the threats of “terrorism and extremism”.
Poland’s conservative government shares Mr Trump’s hostile view of immigration and strong sense of sovereignty.
Mr Trump is in Poland ahead of a G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.
“Because as the Polish experience reminds us – the defence of the West ultimately rests not only on means but also on the will of its people to prevail,” Mr Trump will say, according to excerpts released from the speech.
“The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive.”
What else will Trump say in the speech?
Appearing on a stage at the monument to the 1944 Warsaw Uprising on Warsaw’s historic Krasinski Square, Mr Trump will also reaffirm US support for Eastern Europe ahead of his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Hamburg, the BBC’s James Landale in Warsaw reports.
Mr Putin called for an end to sanctions against Russia as well as trade protectionism in an editorial published in German newspaper Handelsblatt.
In another part of his speech, Mr Trump will also make a strong attack on red tape, condemning “the steady creep of government bureaucracy that drains the vitality and wealth of the people”.
Giving a news conference hours before the speech, Mr Trump:
- Called on countries to demonstrate to North Korea that there were consequences for its “very bad behaviour” and said “something will have to be done about it”
- Said America’s “strong alliance with Poland and Nato” remained “critical to deterring conflict”
- Accused Russia of “destabilising behaviour” but, when asked if Russia had meddled in the US presidential election, replied, “Nobody really knows for sure”
- Said in reference to Syria that “any nation which values human life can never tolerate the use of chemical weapons”
- Said CNN had taken “too seriously”
American gas for Europe?
Mr Trump gave the news conference at Warsaw’s Royal Castle alongside Polish President Andrzej Duda after attending a summit of 12 nations with interests in the Baltic, the Adriatic and the Black Sea – the “Three Seas” summit.
The Polish government is trying to become less energy-dependent on Russia, and last month the first ever US liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipment arrived.
Commending American LNG, Mr Trump told the news conference: “You can never be held hostage to a single supplier.”
Sandwiched between Germany and Russia, Poland suffered centuries of partition and occupation and emerged from the Cold War a staunch ally of America, ready to commit troops to the US-led coalitions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
By choosing to speak at the monument to the Warsaw Uprising, which was a desperate action ultimately crushed by the Nazis, Mr Trump is appealing to fierce national pride.
Poland’s current government has been at odds with some other EU states over its refusal to accept refugees under a 2015 solidarity plan.
Mr Trump’s visit is seen as mutually beneficial by both Mr Trump and the Polish government, the BBC’s Adam Easton reports from Warsaw.
However, the Polish branch of Greenpeace is using Mr Trump’s visit to Warsaw to protest against his decision to pull the US out of the Paris climate agreement.
The words “No Trump Yes Paris” were projected in huge green letters on the city’s Palace of Culture and Science on Wednesday.