Trump kicks of second visit to Europe in Poland seeking solidarity with allies
By Mona Austin
In route to Hamburg, Germany to attend the G20 Summit, Pres. Donald Trump is making rounds in Warsaw, Poland holding a presser there at the Royal Castle this morning. where he also met with Polish Pres. President Andrzej Duda.
Trump will speak to the Polish people later today and is expected to focus on the need for unity and peace. He arrives in Europe as the international community is on alert after North Korea launched a ballistic missle they claim can reach any part of the world. Being close to hostile territory and with the relationship to nearby Germany not as close as it once was, Mr. Trump is seeking solidarity with allies. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who he will meet with while there, said America was no longer a friend or reliable ally following the G7 Summit held in Italy this May. Trump also is entering a tense situation with Russian Pres. Vladmir Putin who is accused of hacking the U.S. election in Trump's favor. Trump downplayed the accusation in a news conference today saying no one really knows what happened.
“I think it was Russia, but I think it was probably other people and/or countries, and I see nothing wrong with that statement. Nobody really knows. Nobody really knows for sure,” Trump said.
The White House has provided a few excerpts from the speech Pres. Trump will deliver in Poland:
- 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.
- The story of Poland is the story of a people who have never lost hope, who have never been broken, and who have never forgotten who they are.
-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.
Other Americans in attendance include: Ambassador Jones, Wilbur Ross, Jared Kushner, HR McMaster, Gary Cohn, Dina Powell, Sean Spicer, Dan Scavino, Hope Hicks, Rob Porter, Wendy Teramoto, Eli Miller, Stephen Miller.