Donald Trump gave a presidential and surprisingly optimistic speech in Warsaw, making Europe feel reassured. “As Poland was not broken, today I declare to the world that the West will never break, never at all. Our values will prevail. Our nations will flourish. And our civilization will triumph. ”
President Donald Trump gave a speech like many of his predecessors yesterday in the Polish capital Warsaw: full of big words, historical comparisons and especially optimistic. The quote above had thus come from Trump's predecessor – and widely praised spokesperson – Barack Obama.
But it was not Obama, it was Trump who gave the speech, in front of thousands of Poland. And so, there was an emphasis on the ‘ink black world view' in Trumps speech.
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Indeed, Trump also identified threats to the Western way of life. He stressed most about radical Islamic terrorism. But it is impossible to deny that this represents a danger to societies Europe and the United States?
Strikingly, he called the Russians to stop their destabilizing activities in Ukraine – and elsewhere, as in Syria and Iran. While his opponents suspected him under one hat to play with the Kremlin, Trump drew out loudly for Russia for the first time.
Trump Poland speech reverses previous statements questioning value of NATO. And first time he has been so critical of Russia.
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) July 6, 2017
There were more positive points in the nearly 40 minute speech in Warsaw. The American President, so often criticized, did not misunderstand that the United States would indeed assist other NATO members in military times in times of crisis, as required by Article 5 of the Military Alliance.
When Trump attended a NATO summit in May, panic continued in Europe because he did not want to reaffirm article 5 publicly. No US president did that before, since the establishment of the military alliance in 1949.
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