President Donald Trump traveled to Poland on Thursday ahead of his scheduled appearance at the G20 Summit to deliver a speech directly to the Polish people, who met Trump’s populist message and commanding rhetoric with rapturous acclaim.
In his remarks, which he delivered on Krasinski Square at the symbolic monument to the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, Trump declared Poland a crucial ally in the fight against forces that would seek to end the Western way of life.
“We must work together to confront forces that threaten over time to undermine our values and erase the bonds of culture, faith, and tradition,” he said.
“Because as 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 continued. “The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive.”
“Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost? Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders? Do we have the courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it?” he asked.
The crowd responded with chants of “Donald Trump! Donald Trump!” and waved Polish and American flags.
“Our freedom and our civilization depend on these bonds of history, culture, and memory,” Trump said. “Just as Poland could not be broken, I declare for the world to hear that the West will never ever be broken and our values will prevail, our people will thrive, and our civilization will triumph.”
Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party has taken a firm stance against the European Union’s call to establish migrant quotas to redistribute asylum seekers, with President Andrzej Duda having declared: “I won’t back a Europe where the economic advantage of the size of a population will be a reason to force solutions on other countries regardless of their national interests.”
Because of the current government’s immense popularity and its ideological similarities with the Trump administration, the U.S. president has been hailed as a strong legitimizing force for Poland as it continues to push back against the EU, which threatened “sanctions” against Poland if it does not begin accepting Middle Eastern refugees.