Trump’s Warsaw Speech a Coup for Poles, Disaster for Eurocrats
President makes common cause with nation engaged in its own battle for sovereignty, culture and borders
President Donald Trump delivered a speech Thursday in Warsaw, Poland, sure to boost the anti-globalist ruling government of the eastern European nation — and undercut his EU critics.
“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 before a huge crowd at Warsaw’s Krasinski Square.
“Your oppressors tried to break you, but Poland could not be broken,” he continued.
President Trump appeared to speak approvingly of Poland's approach to dealing with the Muslim migrant crisis, a vital public relations coup for the Polish government and a serious headache for the European Union.
"We must work together to counter forces... that threaten to erase the bonds of culture, faith and tradition that make us who we are," he said.
"We are fighting hard against radical Islamic terrorism, and we will prevail," he added.
"There are dire threats to our security and our way of life," Trump said. "We are confronted by another oppressive ideology … one that seeks to export terror around the globe. Our borders will always be closed to terrorism and extremism of any kind. We cannot accept those who do not share our values and seek to harm the innocent."
The president also warned of the "steady creep" of bureaucracy — a sure dig at EU officials currently locked in disputes with Warsaw over migration and other issues.
The president's speech largely delivered on early expectations it would celebrate Poland's history, culture and heritage.
Last Thursday, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster had told reporters Trump would use the speech to call on other countries to "take inspiration" from Poland. "America understands that its interests align with the interests of the Polish people," he said.
The trip serves both Poland and President Trump well as Poland seeks to combat EU bullying and pressure over the migrant crisis, while the White House seeks to combat biased media coverage that asserts the administration is unwelcome and unwanted on the world stage.
Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski may be responsible for the trip, according to The Wall Street Journal.
"Please visit us, your soldiers are already here, you can follow, and you can visit a country which is friendly," Waszcykowksi claims to have told Trump on the sidelines of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Brussels in May.
In response, Trump had replied that "Polish-Americans helped him win," Waszczykowski told the Journal on Wednesday. "I said, 'Well, we can help you once again … if you visit us and cooperate with us.'"
A successful visit to Poland, capped off with a well-received speech, is clearly beneficial to the White House. Poland has been one of the few voices in Europe resisting the EU's wholehearted embrace of mass Muslim migration and multiculturalism. Trump's tough rhetoric on immigration and concerns about the dangers this migration poses for Western security was welcome to many in the conservative, Catholic country.
"The excitement from Poland's truly pro-American, pro-Trump, and anti-immigrant public about the pending visit is real, and they are likely to turn up in greater numbers in Warsaw than Americans did in D.C. on Trump's inauguration day," wrote Wojciech Przybylski, editor of the Polish current affairs magazine Res Publica, in an article published in Foreign Policy Magazine prior to the speech.
The right-wing Gazeta Polska newspaper's front page this week has a photograph of President Trump along with the headline, "Make Poland Great Again." The publication also compared Trump's then-impending speech to JFK's 1963 Berlin speech.
"It's going to be huge — absolutely huge," Dominik Tarczynski, a member of the Polish parliament and the ruling Law and Justice Party, told the Wall Street Journal. "They just love him, the people in Poland — they just really love him." (go to page 2 to continue reading)