Excerpted From The Daily Mail: President Donald Trump browbeat Russia on Thursday for its ‘destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere and its support for hostile regimes including Syria and Iran’ and urged Vladimir Putin’s government to join the U.S. and its allies in the global fight against terrorism.
Trump had refused earlier in the day to pin election hacking last year in the U.S. on the Kremlin, saying he thinks it was Putin’s government, but it ‘could have been other people in other countries.’
And he did not mention Russia by name in his remarks to the Polish people when he committed the U.S. to making sure Warsaw is ‘never again held hostage to a single supplier of energy.’
But turning to threats against the West later in his speech in front a memorial to the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, Trump railed against ‘the steady creep of government bureaucracy,’ along with ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ and ‘powers that seek to test our will, undermine our confidence and challenge our interests.’
‘To meet new forms of aggression, including propaganda, financial crimes and cyber warfare, we must adapt our lives to compete effectively in new ways and on all new battlefields,’ he said in a direct reference to Moscow’s meddling.
Speaking to thousands of cheering Poles, Trump called their nation ‘the geographic heart of Europe’ and praising their countrymen for shaking off both Nazi oppressors and Russian occupiers in the last century.
‘That’s trouble. That’s tough,’ he exclaimed.
‘In those dark days, you have lost your land but you never lost your pride.’
Trump delivered his address in Krasinski Square, at the foot of a statue commemorating the 1944 Polish uprising against German occupiers. He and first lady Melania Trump laid a wreath at its base.
Speaking behind bullet-proof glass, the president said Poles are ‘a people who truly know the value of what you defend.’
He urged them to uphold ‘a future in which good conquers evil.’
They repeatedly chanted ‘USA, USA’ and ‘Donald Trump! Donald Trump!’
Trump had earlier met the Polish president and warned that the future of the West is in doubt.
In a speech to the public he praised Poland’s ‘will to survive’ because they ‘have never, ever forgotten who they are.’
‘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 said.
‘Your oppressors tried to break you, but Poland could not be broken.’ Keep reading