Future of Western civilisation at stake, says Trump

Posted July 07, 2017

Though Greenpeace's action Wednesday did not include a larger public demonstration-and Warsaw did not anticipate or experience any major demonstrations during Trump's tightly-managed visit-a group of Polish women protesting the US president and their own government's restrictive anti-abortion laws took to the streets for a "Handmaid's Tale" demonstration, similar to events recently organized in the U.S.

He is likely to deliver this in a keynote speech in the Polish capital Warsaw. "The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive", he said.

"North Korea - we'll take care of it, folks; we're going to take care of it all", Trump told reporters February 16 at a press conference.

He praised Poland both on its achievement of the investment threshold as well as on its Wednesday decision to go ahead with the purchase of Patriot missile defence systems from the US.

"We urge Russian Federation to cease its destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere, and its support for hostile regimes, including Syrian and Iran", Trump said.

In a statement released Wednesday, Jewish community leaders expressed regret that the USA president would not be visiting the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes.

Trump was received by enthusiastic crowds on a central Warsaw square, some 15,000 people according to police estimates, many arriving on busses organised by parliamentary deputies of the ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party.

The statement - signed by Anna Chipczynska, president of the Jewish Community of Warsaw, Lesław Piszewski, president of the Union of the Jewish Communities in Poland, and Michael Schudrich, the chief rabbi of Poland - noted that Trump was speaking nearby. I don't like to talk about what I have planned, but I have some pretty severe things that we are thinking about.

The event presaged the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, a larger citywide revolt and the subject of the monument near which Trump gave his speech Thursday.

"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 of any kind", he added to applause from the 5,000-strong crowd.

Trump will also issue a Reaganesque call to tackle bureaucratic over control, which he will frame as more than just an inconvenience or byproduct of a rules-based society.

"Trump's decisions to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris climate accord have dealt a blow to the near-global consensus", said Dmitri Trenin, director for the Carnegie Moscow Center. So when I say that the stock market is at an all-time high, we've picked up in market value nearly $4 trillion since November 8th, which was the election. It looks like they finally got that handshake in at the G20 Summit on Thursday, though Merkel appears to be slightly startled. At several points he was interrupted with chants of "Don-ald Trump!"